Fun Facts for Groundhog Day

A few interesting facts about groundhogs and Groundhog Day.
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Updated on: February 11, 2005

Fun Facts for Groundhog Day

February 2 brings the most-watched weather forecast of the year – and the only one led by a rodent!

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil is not the only weather-predicting animal. Georgia has General Beauregard Lee, and Canada has Wiarton Willie. And Canada's Wiarton Willie is no ordinary brown groundhog – Willie is an albino groundhog who has been predicting when spring will arrive since 1956.

Groundhogs are also known as whistle pigs. When frightened, a groundhog will give off a loud sharp whistle, then softer ones as it runs for the cover of its burrow. Hence the name: whistlepig. Groundhogs are also known as marmots and woodchucks.

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