Groundhog Day is just one day away and already the bets are on! The big answer Americans are waiting for is whether Mother Nature has another six weeks of winter for us. In honor of Punxsutawney Phil we decided to learn a little more about that groundhog.
The groundhog is a type of rodent called a marmot. A marmot is a large ground squirrel that is a herbivore eating grass, weeds and vegetables. There are lots of colloquial terms for groundhog depending on location such as a whistle pig in Lancaster. The term woodchuck derives from an Algonquian Indian term which has sounds like a woodchuck, where the popular rhyme originates from. Woodchucks hibernate and appear back on ground in the spring.
Punxsutawney Phil will tell us tomorrow whether or not we are going to need to keep that winter coat around!
And be sure to tune into Eye Opener, a different kind of morning show, weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. only on PHL-17.