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Phil's Burrow: Home of Punxsutawney Phil

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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

America's foremost weather forecasting groundhog, a superstar in meteorological circles, officially works one day a year: February 2nd. The other 364 days he spends in "Phil's Burrow" (previously called the less personable "Groundhog Zoo") a warm terrarium built into the Punxsutawney library. The wall that faces the outside is made of glass, so visitors can pay their respects at any time.

When we visited in late summer, Phil was a chubby, snoring heap, sprawled upside down against the glass. This fat-and-happy celebrity was probably dreaming about how lucky he is to have what must be the world's least-stressful job schedule.

Phil sleeps it off.

The library is on Barclay Square, where statues of Punxsutawney Phil are exhibited in fiberglass, carved in wood, and cast in bronze. To us, they all seemed more dynamic than the real Phil. At first we feared that his furry, prone form was dead.

But then Phil opened one eye, looked us over, yawned, stretched, and went back to sleep. Just saving his energy for the big day.

Phil's Burrow: Home of Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Memorial Library

US Hwy 119, Punxsutawney, PA
Downtown. At the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which is on the east side of Barclay Square, which is on the south side of Hwy36/US 119.
Visible from outside. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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