Shy guinea pig sees shadow
By 02/08/2001 00:00:00
Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Without the services of a groundhog, Ferris Intermediate School made do with a guinea pig named 'Mister Ed' on Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2.
On a sunny, but cold, brisk morning, the guinea pig didn't want to come out of his warm little house on the sidewalk in front of the school.
It was as if he was saying, as could a groundhog, 'You people. It's winter. It's cold. You don't need me to come out and tell you that.'
Carol Watson, the FIS teacher coordinating the event, agreed.
But she and one of the students tried coaxing the guinea pig out of his house with food.
When that failed, they had to reach in and bring Mister Ed from his little house.
Mister Ed was only outside briefly before returning to the warmer climes of his house.
But in the short time, the guinea pig did cast a small shadow on the sidewalk.
Folklore has it if a groundhog sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of bad winter weather.
A couple of students representing each grade participated in the activity.
The students were Colton Petrea, Ashley Skates, Danielle Veeder, Fuquintis Holbert, Sara Livingston, Ruqayyah Karriem, Victor Vielma, Greg Aulbaugh and John Whearley.
The Groundhog Day ceremony has become an annual event at FIS.
Last year, a hamster performed the honors.