February 2, 2017 10:00 am
Updated: February 2, 2017 10:03 am

Ontario’s albino groundhog Wiarton Willie predicts an early spring

WATCH ABOVE: Punxsutawney Phil appeared from his hole and saw his shadow, declaring six more weeks of winter.


Ontario’s much-beloved albino groundhog Wiarton Willie woke up Thursday morning and didn’t see his shadow which means Canadians are in for an early spring.

The furry rodent briefly conferred with the town’s mayor before making his prediction official in front of a boisterous crowd in the South Bruce Peninsula community.

Fellow groundhog colleague Shubenacadie Sam made a similar prediction out east in Nova Scotia when he didn’t see his shadow on Thursday.

Folklore has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day there would be six more weeks of winter.

Pennsylvania Punxsutawney Phil on the other hand didn’t see eye to eye with his Canadian counterparts after he jumped out of his burrow and saw his shadow.

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