Animal rights activists propose to replace the Groundhog Phil with robot

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the Groundhog Phil, who annually predicts the arrival of spring in Pennsylvania, proposed to replace the animatronic robot. This initiative was made by the international Organization for the struggle for animal rights (PETA), reports RIA Novosti.

Animal rights activists drew public attention to the fact that every year on 2 February to get Phil out of his hole, and he gets in a stressful situation because it is surrounded by a crowd and flash of cameras.

“These animals are not meant for this life,” – said representatives of the PET in the management letter Groudghog Club in Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania).

According to toactivate, employees Groudghog Club could replace a living animal animatronic Groundhog with artificial intelligence. Ka experts say, he will also be able to predict the weather based on the analysis of meteorological data.

in addition, animal welfare advocates believe that the use of the robot can promote the event to a new audience.

Groundhog Day (Groundhog Day) is traditionally celebrated in the USA on February 2nd. According to legend, to see when the spring comes, you need this day to observe the behavior of the Groundhog who came out of his hole. The most famous Groundhog forecaster named Phil lives in Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania). Local Groudghog Club organizes traditional prediction since 1887.

Earlier it became known that marmots Moscow zoo Archie and Nagini will not come out of hibernation at the Groundhog Day. The zoo workers said that in the Russian reality the famous little sign applies since living in the United States and Russia marmots belong to different types. Thus, the American Groundhog and the forest, and the Russian steppe, and therefore holds in hibernation from three to six months and comes out of the hole only when you feel the approaching heat.

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