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February 2, 2013

French Creek Freddie predicts early spring

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie is predicting an early spring.

Freddie didn’t see his shadow when he came out of his burrow Saturday morning at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County.

That confirms the prediction of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil.  

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that said if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks.

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