The Groundhog, also known as the Woodchuck, or even the Mouse-Bear; is a small rodent that many people have come to familiarize with, mostly because of the tradition of Groundhog Day.
Our own groundhog that we know and love, Punxsutawney Phil, has, in fact, seen his shadow which we have concluded to show as a prediction for six more weeks of winter. So, with that in mind, get yourself comfortable and warmed up with extra blankets and hot cocoa, and take a look at these facts about groundhogs. Enjoy:
Shadow or no ShadowMartin Lehmann
The tradition for Groundhog Day is that if a groundhog sees its shadow on the second of February, it is a prediction for six more weeks of winter. It was not uncommon for people in the past to use a rodent's shadow to tell the time of year; it was not even limited to just a groundhog. However, groundhog day still came about after the idea grew of a groundhog seeing its shadow.
In fact, The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in Pensylvania, are dedicated to bringing out their groundhog mascot, Phil, every February second in order to keep this tradition of looking for the groundhog's shadow every year.