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Babies of Punxsutawney Phil and groundhog wife Phyllis have been named

Punxsutawney Phil’s two new baby groundhogs have names perfect for Groundhog Day.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle announced on Mother’s Day that the girls and boys groundhogs will be named “Sunny” and “Shadow.”

TMX said the public submitted hundreds of name suggestions after the puppies were born in March, which the club considered.

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In a video announcement on Facebook, club vice president Dan McGinley shared the names chosen in true Groundhog Day fashion, reading from a scroll.

Groundhog handler AJ DeLeume sees the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil predicting early spring during the 138th annual Groundhog Day event on Friday, February 2, 2024 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Since there was no weather forecast, Inner Circle Vice President Dan McGinley announced the weather forecast. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

“The names of boys and girls born into royalty are chosen to be shared with the world,” he rhymed. “Welcome to join us as we say hello to our little girl, Sunny, and our little boy, Shadow.”

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McGinley continued: “Happy Mother’s Day from Punxsutawney with pride and joy watching the children play!”

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Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow during a Groundhog Day celebration at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2, 2023. (Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Although Punxsutawney Phil has had a long lineage that has been visible since 1886, this is the first time the current Phil has become a father.

That means these babies aren’t replacing Phil, McGinley told The Associated Press.

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“They are not the heir apparent,” he said.

“Sonny and Shadow will not be attending the ceremony. It’s still Phil’s job. There’s still only one Punxsutawney Phil.”

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow during the 2023 Groundhog Day celebration, predicting six more weeks of winter. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was founded in 1887 because its members believed groundhogs predicted the weather. (Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

On February 2, 2024, Phil made an unusual prediction of early spring after he could not see his shadow.

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The public can visit Punxsutawney Phil and his new family in a temperature-controlled den at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

TMX contributed to the report.

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