Ya know…. There is no real reason to drag a hibernating animal out of his comfy hole and subject him to terrifying encounter with humans just to see if he casts a shadow.
A stick, stuck in the dirt would perform exactly the same ability to cast a shadow on that day, at that location. Or you could use Al Gore.
I am only dissapointed that more politicians don’t have more body parts chewed off by these creatures. If someone wakes me up a couple weeks early, I am not going to be in the best of moods.
Or use a gold retriever puppy, because they are cuter.
How did this ever get to be a custom in the first place?