The staff of the Lutz Children’s Museum is sad to announce the passing of the official state groundhog. Connecticut Chuckles VIII arrived at the museum about five years ago after being found as an orphan. She had several chronic medical conditions which prevented her from being released into the wild.
“Chuckles” faithfully predicted the coming of spring to the people of Connecticut. The museum was crowded with visitors and the media on Groundhog Day each year as she whispered her prediction into the Mayor’s ear. She will be remembered fondly by the museum volunteers, her friends at Bolton Veterinary Hospital, and her thousands of adoring fans.
The search has already begun for the next Connecticut State Groundhog, but it may take several months before a suitable replacement is located. The museum only accepts non-releasable wildlife referred by veterinarians or licensed rehabilitation facilities.