Shubenacadie Sam doesn't see shadow, predicts early spring

Put the mitts away. Shubenacadie Sam, the groundhog at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, has not seen his shadow and according to legend that means spring will come early.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow we can expect 6 more weeks of winter

As the story goes, no shadow means good news for those yearning for warmer weather. (Shubenacadie Sam/Twitter)

Shubenacadie Sam, the groundhog at Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, has not seen his shadow and according to legend that means spring will come early. 

Well 2 of them anyway, Shubenacadie Sam in N.S. and Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania both fail to see their shadows 3:42

In front of dozens of people surrounding his pen at the wildlife park, Sam darted out of his house and made several laps around his enclosure. 

Sam seemed more interested in the people outside of his mesh fence than retreating into his home.  

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow we can expect six more weeks of winter, if not an early spring is on the way. 

People wanted to get up close and personal to see what weather prediction groundhog Shuenacadie Sam might have. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

Despite Sam's prediction, Nova Scotia may not have an early spring after all, groundhogs don't have the greatest track record for predicting long range weather. 

A Canadian study looked at Groundhog Day predictions from the past 30 years and found that groundhogs were right only about 37 per cent of the time. 

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