In Bridgeton, NJ, the tradition is slightly different than the one in Punxsutawney, PA. In Bridgeton, if the groundhog emerges from its den and sees your shadow, then a reign of groundhog terror will proceed for 30 minutes. I have many questions about this story, but let’s just start with the facts.
During a Little League game in Bridgeton, players noticed a rather large groundhog hanging out in a field across the street. The kids crossed the street to investigate, and the groundhog went into attack mode, chasing them back to the baseball field.
Amid the shrieks and chaos of the groundhog attack, the adults snapped into action. The South Jersey Times:
Umpire Brandon Dennis headed off the animal baring its teeth from chasing the children.
It began chasing Dennis.
Bridgeton Little League President T. Carl Hemple intervened to save Dennis.
“Then he started chasing me,’’ said Hemple. “Man, was he big. He must have weighed 20 pounds.’’
The groundhog gained on Hemple, who went to his car, jumped inside and locked the doors.
Police arrived within minutes, and attempted to capture the groundhog with one of those stick-and-loop devices … but the groundhog broke the loop.
And now comes my favorite graph of the story:
The groundhog escaped and headed for the Bridgeton Sports Hall of Fame.
As I think any desperate fugitive would.
Eventually police were able to capture the animal in a cage, and took it to an animal clinic to be tested for rabies.
Which begs the questions:
How boring is your Little League when the players abandon the game to go watch a groundhog?
Aren’t groundhogs fairly common in New Jersey? This is like, “Let’s go see that small dog.”
The groundhog was probably a mother protecting its babies. Nice going, Bridgeton Little League.
Isn’t it just a matter of time before the groundhogs rise up against our tyranny?
Thanks to Dave Barry.