Prairie Dog Replaces Groundhog

2-2-06 - It's Groundhog's Day meaning a groundhog becomes one of the most trusted meteoroligists in America. The Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville celebrates with some Texas flare with what's being called Prairie Dog Day.

There aren't many groundhogs in the south so on a day when a furry forecaster predicts weather patterns, Texoma watched a prairie dog instead.

Forecaster Red River Rye comes from the same family as the groundhog so it is an easy substitution to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil. Thursday morning, she is expected to roll out of bed, and you can bet the prarie dog will see her shadow, as the skies are clear over most of Texoma.