Jimmy the Tenth lives on Jerry’s Apple farm here in Sun Prairie. His siblings include 2 Burmese Mountain dogs, 2 cats, a cockatiel and rabbit. He also is buddies with some goats and sheep on the farm. Jerry chops up apples, broccoli and carrots for him everyday. It must have a good glob of peanut butter stirred in! Jimmy’s internal clock has him poised and waiting for it each morning! Jerry says he “wolfs” it down in a matter of minutes and is curled up asleep again. Jimmy must be having some WILD dreams as Jerry watches him twitch and turn as he sleeps. The pressure is on! Jimmy is nervous about doing a good job for everyone!
Jimmy the 9th was a sweet little guy. Jerry found him on the road, a little dazed and confused. Best guess is that he had been hit by a car. Jimmy IX was very gentle, cuddly and bonded with Jerry. He might have suffered an inner ear injury as he tended to pace in circles… It was a sad day when Jimmy IX had to retire from the Groundhog business!
Jimmy the Groundhog is 8th in line of official Sun Prairie Prognosticators. He was born in the spring of 2000 and made his debut at the 2001 Groundhog Day celebration in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.Jimmy lived in the country with the Krisher family until 2004. At that time he moved to live on a little farm with the Jerry Hahn family. Jerry is a distant relative of Jim Weigen, Jimmy’s namesake!
To be a caregiver to a wild animal such as Jimmy, the families have to be certified by the state. While groundhogs are fun to watch, and some of the stories I’ve heard are fun, they really do not make good pets.
If you have found a groundhog, please call your local USDA Department of Wildlife, or the humane society.Jimmy loves to eat apples, carrots, dandelions and clover. On occassion he has been known to go crazy for popcorn and peanut butter! He was known to follow the Krisher kids around as they did their outdoor chores.
We are excited to hear how Jimmy enjoys his new home, where he lives with goats, rabbits, and a rooster! The Hahn family also has apple trees and a big pumpkin patch. Sounds like “Hog Heaven” to me!
Will update info for the current Jimmy… Jimmy VIII retired several years ago…..