And were you wondering about the Coati Day predictions for weather in south Jersey? Yeah, me too. The Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton had what is either, according to a typo-riddled caption on the Daily Journal its 20th annual Coati Day, or more than their 20th according to NJ.com, they brought out a coati and a pair of pens for the animal to choose between.
According to all accounts, though, Terreto (an approximately 12-year-old male) considered the spring cage (with ``branches and limbs'' to climb on) and the winter cage (``with blankets inside'') and after some wandering around went into the winter cage, to some booing.
Since all this was Sunday --- they do it the day before Groundhog Day because nobody cares about weather-predicting animals on the 3rd of February --- they also threw in a prediction for the Splendid Bowl, and Terreto ignored the Seahawks bag and ran right for the Patriots one. I bet New England paid him off, too.
Both the Daily Journal and the NJ.com articles answer the question of why they have Coati Day --- basically, winter is boring for zoos, and they didn't have groundhogs, but did have coatis --- and also why they don't have the prediction done by the trio of female coatis they were using a couple years ago. According to Kelly Shaw, a zoo employee who oversaw Terreto's work, the female coatis ``weren't really as personable as Dom'' --- that would be Dom Coatimundi, their first weather-predicting coati --- and would tend to hide away from the crowds of people. Terreto, though, ``really let his personality show so he's our new meteorologist. He's just so cute, and social.'' I can't help but fear that he also spends some time mundisplaining weather-predicting to the females.
Happily, the Daily Journal's ``You may also like'' is a set of thematically appropriate other links: ``Dogs and cats available for adoption at SPCA in Vineland'', ``Snow Downtown in Vineland'', ``Pets available for adoption at the Cumberland County SPCA'', and ``Mr Millville Contestants'', all of them articles not more than a month old. There's no deranged or obviously horrible links here.
Trivia: The British Board of Trade lifted its ban on the use of steel in bridges in 1877. Source: Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America, Henry Petroski.
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