Ground Hog Facts



Today’s Reading (PA) Eagle (daily newspaper) had a great article about ground hogs and a retired Penn State Berks professor who’s a ground hog expert, Dr. Stam M. Zervanos.


Some interesting ground hog facts from the article:


Punxsutawney Phil lives in a climate controlled terrarium and he’s virtually immortal. There’s only been one Phil since 1887. Phil lives on because of a special drink he gets at the Groundhog Picnic every summer. Hm? I wonder if it’s Woodchuck Cider.


Groundhog Day began in Berks County and continues there at the Reading Pagoda where Pagoda Patti makes her prediction.


Groundhogs hibernate during the winter, letting their heartbeats slow to 4 or 5 beats per minute. They live off their fat—what they ate all spring, summer and fall. That’s why you see them always chewing.


Let’s hope that Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow.


We need some spring!



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