A celebrity groundhog dies shortly before his big day

npr.org – by Bill Chappell – Milltown Mel, a groundhog who has for years offered his weather predictions on Groundhog Day, has died, his handlers say. They say Mel “recently crossed over the rainbow bridge” — and their scramble for a replacement rodent before Feb. 2 was fruitless.

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