"We gotta go with local," says zoo spokesman Sean Andersen-Vie. "Punxsutawney Phil can do his thing out East, but we're going to stick to our prairie dog out West."
Them's fightin' words.
Watch the videos below and judge for yourself who's more credible. Punxsutawney Phil is certainly more showy; his weather-predicting ceremony involved old-timey scrolls and men in top hats. The Denver Zoo's ceremony, on the other hand, guest stars a strawberry and a curious toddler who watches for a few seconds and then loses interest.
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