Georgia groundhog predicts early spring

Georgia groundhog predicts early spring

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JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
General Beauregard Lee looks out to the crowd of a few hundred from his enclosure at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

An early spring is on the way, if we’re to trust the prophetic movements of the state’s most famous rodent, Gen. Beauregard Lee.

Gen. Lee awakened from slumber at Gwinnett County’s Yellow River Game Ranch Tuesday to find no shadow, meaning an early springtime.

In a Tweet, ranch officials said: “EARLY SPRING! It’s official; Beau did not see his shadow! #GroundhogDay”

Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania also did not see his shadow.

Meanwhile, a Canadian wildlife center is mourning the loss of its weather forecasting groundhog, who passed just before Groundhog Day Thursday, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, announced the news of Winnipeg Willow’s death in a Facebook post Saturday.

“We are in complete shock and sadness, with tears coming down our face,” the post states. “She had her moments, especially around Feb. 2, where she could get a bit grumpy, but otherwise loved to go out.”

Willow was brought to the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2010 after her mother was killed by a dog. The center intended to release her back into the wild but she broke her leg and, while healing, ended up spending too much time with humans to make it in the wilderness, according to the wildlife center.

“She was adopted into our educational program and visited many schools and students,” the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said. “She loved kale, green leafy lettuce, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, snap peas and, of course, peanuts.”

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