A crowd gathered at Gobbler's Knob early this morning, awaiting emergence of the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. After a tap of a cane on Phil's tree-trunk cage, his door was opened, and the animal emerged.
He was held aloft to cheers and applause. Phil did not respond, othan than to blink. Placed on top of the trunk, he attempted to flee before his actions were closely analyzed.
Interpreting Phil's behavior, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, "There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!"
Phil's findings were independently verified by a groundhog in Canada, where Shubenacadie Sam also saw no shadow.