Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:07 PM by Pat Shingleton
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania attracts thousands on February 2. Directly related to a single event, tourism has become one of the leading industries for this community, As noted in a previous column, tomorrow morning, a groundhog will be "extracted" from his sleep, held before the crowd and then asked to make a prediction based upon his shadow. Each year, PETA or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contend that this action traumatizes Phil and believe Phil should be replaced with an "animatronics model." Representatives of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club believe Phil is treated better than the average child, kept in a climate controlled environment and annually inspected. An animatronics model is similar to the gopher that what was used in the movie Caddy Shack.