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Wiarton Willie Passes Away

Wiarton Willie Passes Away”

If Willie saw his shadow, legend held that winter conditions would prevail for another six weeks, whereas failure to do so would mean a quick end to the cold season.

A town in Bruce County is saying farewell to one of its most famous residents: a furry prognosticating rodent. He was 13 years old.

Wiarton Willie the iconic prognosticating groundhog has passed away after serving the community and the province every Groundhog Day for 13 years. But Jackson said daily care and living in a "safe and protected environment" helped Willie to live longer.

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula in southwestern Ontario announced the news on Willie's Twitter account on Wednesday. Town officials say Willie will be honoured here after a memorial service and funeral on Saturday.

A memorial service for the beloved rodent, which will include a funeral procession, will be held on September 30 at 11 a.m.at Bluewater Park.

Mourners can also sign a memory book at the town hall.

She noted that the average life expectancy for groundhogs in the wild is about four years and is even shorter for albino groundhogs like Willie.

The town says a two-year-old groundhog "understudy" will assume Willie's role in the near future.

Initially conceived as a small gathering for friends, the festival quickly grew as Willie became synonymous with Groundhog Day.



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