- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - Jimmy the Groundhog’s handlers say the celebrity rodent did not see his shadow in Sun Prairie. So, according to a German legend, spring will come early instead of another six more weeks of winter.

The latest groundhog to play Jimmy stayed in his cage this year as officials in top hats announced the prediction Tuesday morning. Handlers didn’t want a repeat of last year when Jimmy got too close to the mayor and chomped on ‘his honor’s‘ ear - an image that was widely circulated on the internet.

Afterward, authorities told Jimmy’s owners they needed a license to own a groundhog which prompted them to release Jimmy into the wild.

Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil also “predicted” an early spring.

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