Bridgeport’s Beardsley Bart disputes Punxsutawney Phil’s early spring prediction

February 3, 2019 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — Move over Punxsutawney Phil.

Beardsley Bart, a prairie dog at Beardsley Zoo known for forecasting the weather, came out early Saturday morning and saw his shadow, indicating that Connecticut will see six more weeks of winter before spring weather hits.

“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and when he came out this morning, he confirmed that he did see his shadow,” said a statement from Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “But every year, Beardsley Bart says that spring is coming eventually, and he has always been 100 percent correct.”

Despite Beardsley Bart’s prediction, Punxsutawney Phil had a different story to tell.


Just before 7:30 a.m., he emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania and did not see his shadow, indicating that spring will come early this year. The prediction is supported by weather analysis done ahead of Groundhog’s Day.

But regardless of when winter weather will dwindle, Dancho urged the public to stop by Beardsley Zoo while the cold lingers, since that is when many of the zoo’s animals are most active.