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Feb. 1, 2016
 
Buttercup the prognosticating groundhog makes early prediction

Buttercup, Chandler’s prognosticating groundhog, paid Mayor Jay Tibshraeny a visit on Saturday to provide an early Groundhog Day prediction. 
 
Chandler’s version of Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Saturday during a ceremony at the City’s Environmental Education Center (EEC), meaning another six weeks of winter is likely.  The ceremony is typically held on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, but occurred a few days early as Buttercup will be traveling to California this week to appear on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” television show.
 
Buttercup whispered the prediction into the Mayor’s ear while being held by owner Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures, a wildlife rehabilitation organization associated with East Valley Wildlife. Limbert and the City’s Recreation Division host a “Meet the Creature“ class at the EEC and include Buttercup’s prediction every Groundhog Day.