In the Mykolaiv zoo, the groundhogs came out of hibernation on Jan.3, 2018, according to the press service of the zoo.
“The Mykolaiv zoo greets you on the New Year and the upcoming Christmas (by the Orthodox Christian calendar on Jan.7, - 112.int), and… the Groundhog Day! The thing is, that the abnormally warm winter not only prolonged the blooming period of chrysanthemums and carnations, not only caused an early awakening of primroses sprouts but also woke up the groundhogs living in the Mykolaiv zoo. On Jan. 3, the zoo staff noticed that the groundhogs had already unblocked the entrance to their burrow, which means they already woke up!” the statement says.
It is also noted that the groundhogs went into hibernation rather early this time due to the dry and hot summer, but they don’t remember such an early groundhog awakening. In comparison, last year the groundhogs woke up on Feb. 22, almost two months later than this year.