(Punxsutawney, PA) -- The animal rights group PETA would rather see a robot doing the honors on Groundhog Day. The group is calling for the creation of a robot version of Punxsutawney Phil. That's the groundhog who comes out of his hole every year and predicts how close spring is by whether he sees his shadow. The animal rights group believes the creature is stressed by the large crowds, flashing lights and human handling he receives during the annual forecast. Your keyword is "robot"
But not everyone is a fan of the idea of a robotic groundhog. Fox 29 in Philadelphia quotes William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, as saying Punxsutawney Phil is, quote, "treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania."