Groundhog Day on February 2nd: 4 Fascinating Things About This Furry Weather Forecaster
Once Again, Punxsutawney Phil Gets to Decide the Fate of Winter
Believe it or not, many Americans remain skeptical when our weather forecasters project more winter days ahead. Instead, some of them would put their faith in a groundhog when it comes to weather prediction!
It’s not as crazy as it may sound. In fact, our ancestors were the ones who came up with the tradition. Legend has it that folks back then would wait for the so-called “furry meteorologist” to come out of its hiding place to predict the weather.
If the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see its shadow, people would expect spring to start early. However, if it’s sunny and the woodchuck saw its shadow, it would return to its burrow. For groundhog believers, it meant six more weeks of winter.
While weather forecasters would agree that it’s nothing but mere superstition for amusement purposes, some people still take the custom seriously — so serious that they even dedicated a day for it: Groundhog Day.
Every 2nd of February, thousands of men and women across the country would head their way to the town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania to witness the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, decide the fate of winter as it emerges from its burrow. Since not everyone would have a chance to see the magnificent Phil in action, other states have their own forecasting groundhogs as well.
These Groundhog Facts Will Amaze You Even More!
What if we told you that Punxsutawney Phil and his friends are more than just good weather predictors? We’re not kidding! Here are four other things about our favorite burrow dwellers that would make you love them more:
1. Groundhogs can swim and climb trees.
Yep, you read that right. Groundhogs are decent climbers and swimmers, especially when they sense any predators nearby. If they can’t make it to their burrows quickly enough, they would either find a swamp to dive into and swim for safety or climb a tree using their sharp claws. Who would’ve thought that these creatures can be so athletic?
2. Groundhogs lose 25% of their body weight during hibernation.
To sustain themselves for their 150-day hibernation, groundhogs would feast all summer long on insects, vegetables, bird eggs, and even small animals. That way, they’ll have food to store in their bodies until the end of their hibernation season. That explains why they only lose 25% of their weight throughout the entire period.
3. Groundhogs can build impressive homes.
Home-building is another skill to add to their resume. Groundhogs can construct their own burrows, which come with several rooms and exits, and they can be anywhere from 8 to 66 feet long. If that’s not outstanding enough, these talented rodents know how to block the entrances to prevent heat loss.
4. Groundhogs whistle to signal danger.
As soon as groundhogs detect an approaching threat, they whistle loudly to alert their fellow groundhogs. They may be solitary animals who only seek each other to mate, but once they smell danger, they break out of their shell to protect their species.
Make Groundhog Day Extra Meaningful for Destitute Breast Cancer Patients
As we count down the days for the arrival of spring, consider celebrating Groundhog Day by extending your support to those in need, particularly the needy women in your area who are battling breast cancer. You can help them overcome their challenges by donating your spare vehicle to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.
We will auction off your donated vehicle and use the proceeds to support the life-saving mission of our charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding we give them to provide uninsured and indigent breast cancer patients with financial assistance to help cover the costs of their treatments, hospital fees, medications, and follow-up care. Our charity partners also provide their beneficiaries with easy access to top medical centers where they undergo surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other types of treatment. Furthermore, they provide free breast cancer screening as well as prevention and education services.
As our donor, expect to receive valuable rewards, including getting entitled to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
You will also benefit from our free pickup and towing service.
Above all, you’ll have the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of doing something extraordinary that can help save lives.
We are affiliated with several licensed towing companies all over the country, so if your car isn’t parked in your driveway or garage, we can still collect it from any location within the country.
We welcome almost all types of vehicles, even damaged ones that are hardly running.
Donating to us is quick, safe, and easy. Check out this page to see how convenient it is to donate your unneeded vehicle to Breast Cancer Car Donations.
Welcome Springtime with a Life-Saving Gesture Today!
There’s no better way to start spring on a positive note than by doing something extraordinary. Turn your old and unwanted auto into a life-saving tool by handing it over to us. We’ll use it to help save the lives of breast cancer sufferers in your community. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our secure online donation form now!