Ontario’s famed groundhog Wiarton Willie died a year ago, mayor reveals

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Ontario’s own albino prognosticator has died, according to South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janice Jackson. But this was not a recent death.

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Willie did indeed die before the final Groundhog Day celebrations, a spokesman for the city confirmed. Groundhog was a no-show at a virtual ceremony held Last year, The organizers of the event pre-recorded Willie’s prediction.

Many assumed that the virtual Groundhog Day predictions of Ontario’s Wirton Wiley and Nova Scotia’s Shubenakedy Sam were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also sparked Rumors about Willie’s health.


Major Jackson declare On Tuesday, Canada’s high-profile groundhog Warton Willie died of a tooth abscess.

“Our albino prognosticator has tragically passed away leaving his big brown student in charge of predicting 2022,” Jackson said in the statement.

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a Tweet Wirton Wiley’s official account on Tuesday afternoon indicated that his understudies would take over Willie’s forecasting duties.

“Life, as we know it, has changed, and Willie is no exception,” Warton Meyer told the Star back in January. “We pivot like every other business and event, and so we’re making a virtual prediction this year.”

A city statement said the video, released last Groundhog Day, was intended to pay tribute to Warton Willie.

“Between the albino groundhogs are rare and not a replacement, the COVID restrictions banning gatherings at the time, and Willie’s 65th anniversary, we felt this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to the history of Warton Willie, so last year we shot a cute video, said Danielle Edwards, spokeswoman for the city of South Bruce Peninsula.

Edwards said, “We’ve been looking for an albino ever since, but when summer was coming to an end and the groundhogs were hibernating, our window of opportunity was quickly closing, so we found a brown groundhog.” adopted.”

A funeral was held in September 2017 when the then Willie died. Wirton does not know how many villi have been there since the tradition began.

Many are sharing their thoughts on Willie’s passing on social media.

Every year on February 2, people gather in Virton to find out whether Willie will see his shadow and predict six more weeks of winter or early spring. The City of South Bruce Peninsula has been celebrating the Wyrton Wiley Festival for more than 64 years.

Mayor Jackson says, “We look forward to gathering together for a “live” event in 2022. It would be great to be able to celebrate Willie’s prediction together as a community.

In addition to the February 2 prediction, the city says next year’s 2022 festival events will take place on February 5.

Edwards told the Star that the new Willie is currently at the Understudy Home attached to the Ross White Center in Warton.

New Willie is reportedly 4 years old, very curious and an insatiable eater.

Explanation: An earlier version of this article suggested that the predicted morning for Wyrton, Ont., would be February 5 in 2022, on the same day as the events of the city’s festival.

Simran Singh is a reporter for the Toronto-based Star’s Radio Room. Reach Simran via email: [email protected]
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