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The whole idea that we should trust a rodent to make weather predictions based on whether or not he sees his shadow is pretty ridiculous (sorry not sorry) but you’ve got to admit it’s a little funny. Funnier still is when the age-old tradition goes horribly wrong. Like it did in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia this morning. Instead of a wise predictor of future weather patterns, we got a runaway groundhog.

After making his forecast (no shadow, spring’s around the corner!), Shubenacadie Sam rewarded his own hard work with some outside play time. Until he casually made a mad run for it. The little guy scurried up the fencing of his enclosure and would have made it over and out if it hadn’t been for some quick heroics by a CBC reporter.

Brett Rushkin thwarted Sam’s escape attempt, but the less-than-impressed groundhog took a bite out of him in the process. That’s going to be a great story to tell the grandkids one day. “Kids, have I ever told you about the time I was viciously attacked by a groundhog trying to escape its pen on Groundhog Day?”

Interestingly, Sam’s prediction was contrary to those of two other notable weather-predicting groundhogs. Both Wiarton Willie of Ontario and Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania saw their shadows and predicted six more weeks of winter. Was Sam’s more satisfactory prediction part of his escape plot? Possibly.

According to Ruskin, the Department of Natural Resources has assured him that while Sam is crafty, he’s not carrying anything that requires vaccination. Although, it’s possible that cool groundhog superpowers are in his future.

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