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Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow

WASHINGTON - In a colorful annual ritual of dubious accuracy, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow Sunday and saw his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Credit: Associated Press The Pennsylvania rodent is the most famous of the furry weather forecasters for "Groundhog Day," an event with early roots in German folklore -- and rather more in US media showbiz. According to legend, if Phil had not seen his shadow then spring would soon be on its way, bringing relief to a nation that has survived an especially harsh winter. But instead, the groundhog purportedly announced: "That's not a football lying beside me,/ It's my shadow you see/ So, six more weeks of...

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13 Groundhogs Getting Ready for Their Big Day

Sick of the cold? Well you'd better get buddy-buddy with a groundhog quick. Groundhog Day is upon us. It's a day of reckoning in which an adorable, squat animal predicts if we suffer another six weeks of winter or not. To help you get a better idea of what to expect, we peeked into the holes of a few of our groundhog friends…

Happy Groundhog Day! Depending on your perspective, Groundhog Day is either the silliest, stupidest, or most fun holiday on the calendar. We love animals at Paw Nation, so we know that this is, in fact, the best of all American holidays. But there's more to these "giant grumpy squirrels who dig burrows underground" than you might realize. For example, did you know that in Alaska, they did away with Groundhog Day a few years ago in favor of Marmot Day? (Pipe down, Alaskans; we know you knew that.) Watch the video above to learn more about groundhogs and their day....

The "tortured" Phil is worshipped by tens of thousands of followers. Flickr/SchultzLabs We love robots as much as the next cyborg, er, human, but not nearly as much as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The controversial animal-rights group has demanded that the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club replace their famous weather-predicting groundhog with a robot, reports the Los Angeles Times. With Groundhog Day almost upon us, PETA's Animals in Entertainment specialist, Gemma Vaughan, wrote to Groundhog Club president William Deeley last week, asking him to release the most famous of the regional Groundhog Day groundhogs, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil (Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages,...