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An early spring? Utah Joe doesn't even venture out

It looks like spring will arrive early since Utah Joe, a yellow-bellied marmot at Hogle Zoo, didn't venture out to see whether the sun was around or not.

Legend has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter. Utah doesn't have a designated groundhog, but it does have a marmot who was busy hibernating Monday."Because of the weather, I really don't anticipate him coming out yet," said Andrew Wallace, marketing director for the zoo. "Would this be default if he didn't come out?

A lot of humans may feel that spring already has arrived with temperatures predicted to be in the low 40s for this week.

On the other hand, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow early Monday, a harbinger of six more weeks of winter in the United States. (See story on Page A2.)