Way Back When... 2017

Did you know that Connecticut has had nine official hedgehogs, all named Chuckles? Friday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day.

Connecticut Chuckles IX is approximately 6 years old and calls the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester home. He was injured in an altercation with a larger animal and lost an eye. He was nursed back to health by the Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison, but was deemed unreleasable. It was then that he moved to Manchester to begin a new career in meteorology in 2017 after Chuckles VIII died.

Chuckles VII died in 2012 from injuries suffered when she was hit by a car two years prior.

Chuckles VI lived for 12 years, retiring his role in 2009 to Chuckles VII.

The museum will open to the public at 6 a.m. on Groundhog Day. Coffee and breakfast will be served during the wait for Chuckles’ arrival at about 6:45. Admission is free from 6 to 9 a.m. The museum will remain open until 5 p.m. so everyone will have the opportunity to visit the celebrity groundhog.