Late Breaking News: Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob today, Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day, and so Spring is just around the corner.
Picture Source: Google images
Funny weather predicting creatures. I like them. I used to have one that lived in the woods behind my previous house. He liked to stand on top of the hill and watch the world go by. They have some interesting names: Land Beaver, Whistlepig, Woodchuck, Wood-shock, Groundpig, Whistler, Thickwood Badger, Canada Marmot, Monax, Moonack, Weenusk, and the Red Monk. The name “Thickwood Badger” was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the Prairie Badger. Monax was an Native American name of the woodchuck, which meant “the digger.” Babies are called “Chucklings” (I love that!). These are a North American critter and I don’t believe you see them else where in the world.
Names source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog
Have you ever met a groundhog? What do you call them? Will there be 6 more weeks of winter in your neck of the woods? – DogDaz