- inner circle
- （ここでは）予言者（後出 predic-tion は予言）
- 持ち上げる（後出 grasp はつかむ）
- furry rodent
- cast a shadow
Groundhog declares early spring 'a certainty'
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (AP) — Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog on Feb. 2 declared: "Spring will be early, it's a certainty."
At sunrise on Groundhog Day, members of Punxsutawney Phil's inner circle revealed the oracle's prediction.
Awoken by the crowd's chants of "Phil!" the groundhog was hoisted in the air for the assembly to hail before making his decision. He then grasped the glove of a handler as a member of his inner circle announced that spring would come early this year.
The event has its origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.