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Manitoba Groundhogs Call for an Early Spring

February 2, 2015 8:42 AM | News

Winnipeg Willow

Winnipeg Willow saw her shadow on Monday, February 2, 2015, predicting an early spring. (PRAIRIE WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE / FACEBOOK)

Two local rodents have predicted an early spring!

Winnipeg Willow and Manitoba Merv weren’t able to find their shadows on Monday, signalling spring is just around the corner.

The annual Groundhog Day traditions took place at Cabela’s on Sterling Lyon Parkway and Oak Hammock Marsh, respectively. However, Manitoba Merv is only a puppet, so the real story is whether his handler saw his/her own shadow.

“A wonderful prediction from Winnipeg Willow! Her very active winter behaviour predicts an early spring despite the cloudy weather,” the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre said on Facebook.

But it sure won’t feel like spring today, with Environment Canada forecasting a high of -17°C.