The Boston Globe has the story:
For years, the world of early spring harbingers has been an old boys’ network dominated by Punxsutawney Phils and Buckeye Chucks. Massachusetts legislators want that to change.
Ms. G (that’s short for Groundhog), a 4-year-old woodchuck from the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm, has been nominated to be the state’s first official groundhog. If approved by the Legislature this year, she would be the first female groundhog in the country to hold such a title.
More here. I’m not sure what I’m more surprised at — that multiple states have an “official” groundhog, that people care enough to petition for their favorite groundhog “candidate”, or that the discussion about the process centers on the sex of the groundhog.