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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sammi the Pocono groundhog is dead

Sammi the Pocono groundhog is dead; predicted more winter on her last day

February 02, 2010
Pocono Record
As the first rays of dawn crept over the horizon in Kresgeville, they found a decidedly more somber celebration in place of the gaiety which normally occupies the field behind Cherry's Sunset Restaurant on Tuesday.

Sammi III, Monroe County's own prognosticating groundhog was dead. She was 10 years old.

Links * Video: Sammi predicts the weather in 2008

According to members of Groundhog Lodge No. 6, organizers of the yearly event, Sammi was not feeling well several days prior to her big day and summoned the lodge's weatherman Harold Kreger to her side to issue an early prediction.

Kreger quoted Sammi, "Whether or not if the sun would shine I think that it would be six more weeks of winter. Some of this cold weather; and I hate it, will be here, some snow, wind and maybe some rain again. I want you to say hello to all my friends. Sorry if I don't make it, but don't worry. I'll be where there is a lot of alfalfa, dandelion leaves, and soy beans."

In the wild groundhogs will live two to three years on average, making Sammi old enough to be a great-great grandmother. More...


Anonymous said...

How is Sammi related to Phil? Oh, and lets not forget about Gus, the second most famous groundhog in PA. RIP, Sammi.

Anonymous said...

Any time over 6 years is old age for our furry Pennsylvania friends.... Rest in peace Sammi.

Anonymous said...

man over worked and under paid was his life.

Anonymous said...

no woodchuck lives anywhere near that long on my land!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Better call PETA.


Anonymous said...

PETA will really push for a robot groundhog for next year now, idiots!

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with one less groundhog! (Sorry Sammi)