And it seems like people are ready for spring.
“Yeah, isn't everybody?! I mean it's been freezing cold this year,” said Steve Nerangis, Partner of the Alamo Drafthouse in
In honor of Groundhog Day, the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting
"It’s just a really fun thing to do in February. It's after the holidays, and the only other thing going on in February is the super bowl, but Phil is way more exciting that the Super Bowl,” said Wildlife Rehabilitator Lynn Oliver with a laugh.
“There are approximately 350 wildlife rehabilitators in
Wildlife rehabilitators are responsible for taking in displaced animals like Phil and releasing them back into the wild.
Phil was rescued from a fraternity house who had turned him into a pet mascot, and is now used for educational purposes for kids and adults alike.
"We didn't even know there was a groundhog available,” said Nerangis, in response to preparing for Groundhog Day. “So they came to us, and asked if we'd like to have a live groundhog for Groundhog Day, and we said of course!"
Remember, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2nd, winter stays for 6 more weeks.
WHAT: See Winchester Phil predict the next six weeks of weather, bid on silent action items benefiting Valley Wildlife Care, and watch a special screen of Groundhog Day. Adults and children are welcome!