Meet the woodchucks of Groundhog Day 2016, starring Punxsutawney Phil

Meet the woodchucks of Groundhog Day 2016, starring Punxsutawney Phil

While Valentine’s Day usually gets most of the attention in the beginning of the year, let’s not forget about Groundhog Day.

The National Centers for Environmental Information reports that the holiday’s origin is rooted in an ancient celebration of the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. The superstition implies that on this day, sunny skies indicate a cold, blustery winter and cloudy skies signify warmer weather in the near future.

Famous woodchucks such as Staten Island Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil are acknowledged every year for numerous decades, however, the lifespan of a groundhog is usually six to eight years.

Scroll down to see some of the best “whistle pigs” around and find out some interesting facts about the furry friends we care about once a year.

Diana Colapietro