Amazing Animals With Sixth Sense

Published February 21, 2013
Updated March 22, 2023
Animals With Sixth Sense Groundhog

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America’s Sweetheart: Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who has the power to change Americans’ hopes for an early spring, is arguably one of the most well-known animals with a sixth sense. Each year on February 2nd, crowds gather to observe the groundhog as he ventures from underground to the surface. According to popular belief, if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

The Groundhog Day tradition links back hundreds of years to Candlemas Day, when an animal, usually a hedgehog, would be brought out if the sun made an appearance, hence casting a shadow and predicting six more weeks of bad weather. Early believers called this continuation of dreary weather a “Second Winter.”

Sixth Sense Animals Groundhog 3

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Over the years, Punxsutawney Phil has grown increasingly popular. In 1995, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and in 2001, his prediction was broadcasted live on the JumboTron in Times Square. Sadly, despite all of the press and fan attention, Punxsutawney Phil incorrectly predicts the continuation of winter weather more than 50% of the time. Maybe his sixth sense isn’t so good after all.

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.