Posted: Feb 1, 2014 9:41 AM by Pat Shingleton
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania attracts thousands on February 2nd. Directly related to a single event, tourism has become one of the leading industries for this community. This morning, a groundhog will be "extracted" from his sleep, held before the crowd and asked to make a prediction based upon his shadow. For years, P.E.T.A. or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals purported that this action traumatizes Phil and believe he should be replaced with an "animatronics model." Representatives of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club believe Phil is treated better than an average child, kept in a climate controlled environment and regularly inspected. Animatronics models are similar to the gopher used in the movie Caddy Shack.