HOT OFF THE WIRE!
You may or may not remember last February’s article on Groundhogs, Woodchucks, ramborats what ever you want to call them. Doesn’t matter that Puxatawney Phil saw his shadow foretelling of six more weeks of winter. The Houston Zoo even tried to get in on the action by having their Asian Pig agree with PPhil. Well I went to our local source who has a much more reliable record than PPhil. I speak of course of Big Al. The star of the show out at Gator Country in Beaumont. This from their staff “We did try to feed Big Al today as we always do on ground hog day and for the first time in several years BIG AL did eat. So this will be a short winter for sure.” Like I said, any chump can have a groundhog.
Big Al lives at Gator Country near Beaumont. He is:
1. a lot bigger than the Yankee hedgehog (try the largest alligator in captivity at 1,000 lbs) and
2. He has also proven more accurate -- like 100% accurate -- in his "winter's over or not?" predictions, according to owner and gator-rescuer/naturalist, Gary Saurage.
Every year on Groundhog Day, they offer Big Al his most-favorite-food: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Alligators are genetically unable to eat until all danger of winter freezes is past. Their bodies simply cannot digest food until warm weather is assured.
This year, the 'hog got it right, according to Al, who refused to eat. And, as we all know, another Arctic freeze did hit our area afterwards.
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