PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA – Punxsutawney Phil was found dead this morning in an apparent suicide.
Sources tell Weekly World News he killed himself after making his prediction.
He did not see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob today, which indicates an early spring. But sources confirm Phil was doubting himself for some time. Terrified of the potential for record-breaking snowfall in February and March, Phil could’t face the possibility that his prediction might be wrong.
Caretakers told Weekly World News that in recent weeks that Phil, the only true weather forecasting groundhog, was becoming irritable and reclusive. He refused food and consumed only water and a couple of acorns for the last few days.”
He took a turn for the worse in the last few weeks. Phil doubted his abilities and felt he couldn’t uphold the groundhog legend.
“We started giving him Amitriptyline, an anti-anxiety medication for dogs,” said Wanda Willem, his primary caretaker. “We hoped it would be enough to take the edge off. I’m so sorry we couldn’t do more. He had been seeing a veterinarian psychiatrist and had started to turn things around mentally. This is really just a sad day for the entire Punxsutawney family. Phil didn’t have to go out like this. He abandoned us.”
Phil had one son, Philipo, who is reportedly inconsolable. However, Philipo promises to be back next February 2nd to fill in for his revered father.
Examiners have not yet released an official cause of death. Toxicology reports will take six to eight weeks.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Weather experts speculate that the northern hemisphere may be stuck in a “limbo winter” for several years.
Punxsutawney insiders believe Phil feared this would become a brutal winter. He feared that he might blow his prediction – again.