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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

R.I.P. Wiarton Willie (2017 - 2021)


Wiarton Willie

Ontario's Wiarton Willie, the gifted albino prognosticator has died, South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson announced Tuesday. He will be replaced in time for Ground Hog Day 2022. The famed rodent died due a tooth abscess prior to last year’s Groundhog Day ceremony, the mayor said.

Last year pre-recorded video without Willie was sent out by the municipality on Groundhog Day morning, prompting rumours about Wiarton Willie’s health. In the video, a hat took Willie's place, with Jackson sharing his prediction of an early spring.

However, the show must go on Jackson said, which is why for the 66th anniversary of Wiarton Willie’s weather forecasting event, a live, in-person event will return on Feb. 2, 2022, but with a brown groundhog.

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