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Can Animals Predict the Weather?
COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael/Ken Hines) -- Claims of critters that can predict winter weather are widespread -- but is there any truth to the stories?
Visitors to the Facebook page of ABC 6/FOX 28's Andrew Michael have posted several tales of fuzzy meteorologists, including caterpillars, deer, and squirrels.
Believers in the weather-predicting powers of the wooly bug worm caterpillar claim the insect's color can forecast upcoming winter weather, with a dark appearance promising a harsh season.
Despite the claims, however, Michael found that the caterpillar's coloring is actually genetic, and will not change based on winter weather.
As far as the squirrels and deer, they are more active and fatter than normal this year, but that should not be attributed to winter preparations. Rather, their increased girth can be attributed to an abundance of food because of the plentiful spring and summer rain.