Of course Punxsutawney Phil has a wife: Meet Phyliss the groundhog

Amber Peake February 3, 2022
Of course Punxsutawney Phil has a wife: Meet Phyliss the groundhog
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Bet you didn’t know the famous weather-predicting groundhog that is Punxsutawney Phil has a wife. Well, you do now!

On Wednesday (2 February), Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow as he predicted six more weeks of winter after he spotted his shadow.

As attention focused on the groundhog’s predictions yesterday, curiosity about Punxsutawney Phil’s wife Phyliss seems to also have sparked. Let us introduce you to the groundhog forecaster’s other half.

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Meet Punxsutawney Phil’s wife Phyliss

Punxsutawney Phil is a “married” groundhog and has been with his wife, who, of course, is named Phyliss, for many years.

Phil and Phyliss enjoy marital life together at their manmade zoo in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

While her groundhog husband is famous for his weather forecasting predictions, Phyliss enjoys a quieter life, but she can often be spotted on Punxsutawney Phil’s social media pages.

A past post on Instagram saw a sweet snap of the two snuggling up together in their shared burrow:

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Punxsutawney Phyliss isn’t immortal like her husband

According to Groundhog Day folklore, the same Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather since 1886.

As per the Groundhog Day website, the secret to Punxsutawney Phil’s supposed immortality is an elixir of life, which he takes a sip of each summer.

However, while Punxsutawney Phil is believed to receive the elixir each year, the Groundhog Day site claims his wife Phyliss doesn’t, which seems to have upset fans over the years:

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Ex-wife memes take over social media

Ahead of this year’s Groundhog Day celebrations, a meme naming Phyliss as Punxsutawney Phil’s ex-wife began making its rounds on social media.

Along with a snap of a groundhog wearing rollers and a pink dressing gown, the viral post included a message which read: “This is Punxsutawney Phil’s ex-wife Phyllis, who now lives in Florida and said that Phil is a compulsive liar.”

Fans of Phil and Phyliss should not fear, though, as Phyliss is still listed as Punxsutawney Phil’s wife on the Groundhog Day site.

One of their most recent snaps together saw them pose alongside a set of pumpkins in celebration of Halloween:

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at Express.co.uk as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.