At the first Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1887, the furry rodent wasn’t just there to predict the weather.
Once he let the gatherers know his forecast, he then served as part of the menu in the local ceremony. The groundhog (or marmota monax), which became a regional delicacy in the eastern United States, is described as having a flavor of pork crossed with chicken. Fortunately for groundhogs everywhere, this tradition of serving them up as a meal eventually faded away and Groundhog Day ceremonies now celebrate the marmot.
In Calgary, our local groundhog Balzac Billy, did not see his shadow so it is looking like an early spring for Cowtown.