Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Turtle Back Zoo is home to the famed Essex County prognosticator.
Essex Ed appeared on Saturday, Groundhog Day, at Turtle Back Zoo. Ed predicted an early spring and called the Super Bowl for the Ravens. Ed has correctly predicted the Super Bowl two of three times.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
With the recent cold snap, the prospect of "Essex Ed" predicting six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2 is especially daunting.
Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2 this year, and the recent Arctic temperatures are giving the day a bit more resonance than usual. Last year, groundhog Essex Ed predicted an early spring at the annual Groundhog Day ceremony at Turtle Back Zoo. (Ed was actually the tie-breaker vote between Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil who predicted six more weeks of winter and Staten Island's Chuck who called for an early spring.) Check out the video from last year's event, attached to this article. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is around the corner. Ed's track record is pretty solid: he's predicted correctly nine out of the past 10 years. Last year, Dr. Jeremy…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Groundhog day celebrated at Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo
Essex Ed made more than one prediction today, forecasting an early Spring and a Superbowl win for the Giants during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony at Turtle Back Zoo. Essex Ed was the tie-breaker vote between an earlier prediction by Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil who predicted six more weeks of winter and Staten Island's Chuck who called for an early spring. With a nine of out 10 track record of being right, the winter-phobes and Giant fans can be sure of Essex Ed's predictions, Dr. Jeremy Goodman, zoo director at Turtle Back Zoo said. "He's not just a regular groundhog, he's a very special groundhog." With rodent like teeth, groundhogs are also known as woodchucks as they chew on wood to gnaw their teeth down. Mainly eating …