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Quebec groundhog dies before making Groundhog Day prediction
Grace Eliza Goodwin



Quebec's beloved groundhog, Fred la Marmotte, died just before he could predict when winter will end at a Canadian city's Groundhog Day celebration, according to multiple reports.

A crowd of spectators gathered Thursday morning for the event in Val-d'Espoir, Quebec, when the organizer of the event, Roberto Blondin, came out to announce Fred's death, local outlet Global News reported.

"This year, things are going to happen completely differently. There's a famous saying that goes, 'In life, there's only one certainty: nothing's for certain,'" Blondin told the crowd, as reported by the CBC. "Well, this year, that has come true. It's true. It's unfortunate. I'm here to announce Fred's death."

Blondin said that when he went to wake Fred last night, the groundhog had no vital signs.

"He most likely died during hibernation," Blondin told the crowd, according to Global News.

Global News reported that the celebration continued, and in place of Fred, a group of children volunteered to offer their prediction: six more weeks of winter.

Blondin said that next year, the Groundhog Day celebration will continue with Fred's successor, Fred Jr., Global News reported.

And Quebec isn't the only place slated for more winter up north, Nova Scotia's groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam saw her shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter there as well, according to Global News.