At an emergency meeting of the Loyal Order of MuskRats, Grand Pooba Leaniod Scanner announced that the annual MuskRat Day Celebration would have to be canceled. Scanner told a crowd of over 27 MuskRat aficionados that requests to various nations to send ice breakers had been refused. Scanner stated that they claimed more important work in Antarctica.
A massive search and rescue effort is underway to find Mike and Mandy Muskrat. The venerable prognosticators of spring have not been seen since the leaving the Christmas Beach Party. Rumor has it that the pair may have imbibed too much eggnog. Hopes are high that the local celebrity pair will be found unfrozen and well soon. According to local weather station, KVAONLEY1, the fate of a continued brutal sub-freezing winter hangs in the balance.
Requests of Mayor Jack Knife to the TSA for assistance in the way of "Sniffing Dogs" have also been turned down. Government officials cited a large "bowl" occurring in New Jersey. But Billy Bob Ray Cricket III, also known as Bubba, has offered the use of his hounds in the massive search.
As of 6pm, the Loyal Order of Muskrats Grand Pooba Leaniod Scanner announced that due to circumstances beyond his control, MuskRat Day would have to be postponed until Sunday, April 20th. Hopefully Mike and Mandy MuskRat will have been found by then and will again prognosticate the coming of spring. As a back up plan Scanner has proposed hiring an egg laying rabbit, and distributing yellow marshmallow blobs and colorful sugar balls.