3 cool facts about Dayton's groundhog Rosie

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WHAT: Groundhog Day

WHERE: Boonshoft Mueseum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton

WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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This riveting Rosie will definitely have her day.

Rosie, the resident groundhog at The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, will see or not see her shadow during a ceremony at the museum, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 on Groundhog Day.

If this groundhog sees her shadow, it can only mean one thing: six more weeks of winter weather.

If she does not see her shadow, we might as well break out the flip-flops and sunscreen now.

This really can go either way.

Rosie predicted six more weeks of winter in 2015 and predicted an early spring in 2014.

Here are a few things you may not know about this furball thanks to the museum and the Dayton Daily News archives.

She’s a vegetarian

Rosie loves grasses and berries. Her favorite snacks include peanuts and bananas.

Groundhog Day at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

She's a Viking

Rosie has called the Boonshoft home since 2011.  The museum got her from the Wildlife Center of Minnesota in North Roseville, Minn. The Center took her after she was found injured on the side of the road. Rosie is still partially blind in one eye and could not survive in the wild.

She follows in beloved paw prints

Ivy the Groundhog was the Boonshoft's go-to-girl for 11 years, having moved there at only a month old.

Rosie made her first prediction on Feb. 2, 2012  − six more weeks of winter – while Ivy hibernated.  Ivy was humanely euthanized Feb. 28, 2012, following an illness after efforts to reduce fluid on her lungs and heart proved unsuccessful.


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