by Max Brantley
Today's silliness is courtesy of the fine marketers working hard to keep publicity flowing for the Little Rock Zoo.
Forget groundhogs. The zoo claims Thor, the LR Zoo's sloth bear, has predicted an early spring by choosing a "spring" treat box over a "winter" treat box presented by his keeper.
Sure. Even a sloth bear can look around and see 2012 is going to be the year winter never came to Arkansas. But I'm always happy for an opportunity to run a photo of a sloth bear, maybe my favorite animal after the anteater.
PS — A big ol' ground hog has been sunbathing in my back yard periodically over the last several weeks, right beneath a blooming rose bush. Winter? What winter?