“If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.”
With Groundhog Day just around the corner, I’m rooting for Phil to bring on spring!! Of course, PETA has decided to put forth their 2cents and suggest that Punxsutawney Phil be retired and Phil be replaced with a ROBOT. PETA wrote an open letter to the President of the Groundhog Day Club hoping that the club would consider using a robot groundhog next year. The letter argues that the habitat that Phil lives in is not natural for groundhogs and that the event is stressful for him. They cite how other animatronic animals are popular, including an interactive dinosaur exhibit. (I personally think it would be so much more fun to bring back the dinosaurs so we could ride around on them)
While I think the tradition is a bit silly, I don’t think Phil has it all that bad. He is cared for and he has even been on Oprah. Hell, I’ll tell you if I see my shadow or not to chill with Oprah. The President of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club responded by saying that Phil is “being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.” Further explaining how he is kept in a climate controled enviroment and is inspected by the PA Department of Agriculture. (AP)
Robot or not, you can have the results of Ground Hog Day TEXT MSG’d to you!
(I don’t care about PETA or Groundhog’s Day, I just wanted a good excuse to post a picture of Bill Murray. And you can’t beat one with a groundhog!)