Believe it or not, all of the commotion in this photo -- the huge crowd, the reporter, the man in the top hat -- is caused by what looks like an oversized squirrel in top hat man's arms. It's actually a groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil, and each year on Feb. 2, for more than a century, a groundhog like this one has been brought out before a crowd gathered in Punxsutawney, Pa. As the story goes, if Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter weather. If he doesn't, then it means an early spring is on the way.
Well, get ready to start cleaning early and throwing open the windows, because this year the famous groundhog saw no shadow and predicted an early spring. (He did not, however, predict the winner of the upcoming Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl match-up. So the rodent has his predictive limitations.)
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