Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog everyone pays attention to. But lots of other towns have their own weather-predicting rodents. Including Milltown, New Jersey. (Milltown is about halfway between New York City and Trenton.)
They've got a groundhog named Milltown Mel who also predicts if it'll be an early spring. But they had to cancel their event this year . . . because Mel just DROPPED DEAD.
They announced his death on Facebook and said they couldn't find a replacement groundhog in time. So they had no choice but to cancel the event. The good news is they say Mel lived a pretty long life for a groundhog. His exact age isn't clear, but they only live around three years in the wild.
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