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Groundhog Day trivia: Badgers, bears and hedgehogs part of lore

Groundhog Day 2016 saw contradictory predictions from Canadian and American critters. Plus, the untimely death of Manitoba's favourite weather-rodent marred the day on the prairies. There's more Groundhog Day trivia in our interactive history.
Wiarton Willie looks skyward in order to give us his prognostication on Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, 2016. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Ontario's Wiarton Willie predicted a longer winter. Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam lined up with Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil to predict an early spring.

And Manitoba's groundhog, Willow, died the weekend before the momentous day and had no prediction this year.

Did you know that the weather-predicting day might also have included hedgehogs, badgers and bears?

Read more in this interactive look at the traditions and trivia of Groundhog Day:

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