RIP Wiarton Willie: Spring prognosticator dies at 13
Officials say Willie's 2-year-old understudy 'Wee Willie' will assume his role immediately
Wiarton Willie is dead.
The albino groundhog whose annual weather prognostication is a national event and draws large crowds every Groundhog Day was 13 years old.
According to folklore, when a groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If the groundhog emerges from its burrow on a cloudy day, spring will come early.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Wiarton's Bluewater Park "in gratitude for his many years of service," a news release said.
A funeral procession will then travel through the park to a statue of Willie's likeness, where the albino groundhog will be honoured, according to the town.