Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Death of Furry Prognosticator Casts Shadow on Winnipeg Groundhog Day

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Death of Furry Prognosticator Casts Shadow on Winnipeg Groundhog Day

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Death casts shadow on Winnipeg Groundhog Day

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WINNIPEG - An untimely death has cast a shadow over this year's Groundhog Day festivities in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Willow, the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre's resident prognosticator, died on Friday.

As a result, Tuesday's planned Groundhog Day events have been cancelled.

Willow, who was five when she died, came to the centre in 2010 after her mother was killed by a dog.

The centre intended to release her back into the wild, but she broke her leg and after healing, had become too attached to the staff to survive on her own.

Staff said in a Facebook posting that they had "tears coming down our face" and were in "complete shock and sadness."

"She was acting her normal self (Friday) morning and eating a carrot but came in this evening to find her gone," staff wrote. …

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