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Famous U.S. Groundhog Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Winter is here to stay for at least six more weeks, according to a furry little resident of a small town called Punxsutawney in the eastern U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

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Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the 126th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2012. Tradition has it that if Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. (AP)
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Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the 126th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2012. Tradition has it that if Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. (AP)

A WTAJ meteorologist tries to interview the groundhog after he emerged. (Reuters)
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A WTAJ meteorologist tries to interview the groundhog after he emerged. (Reuters)

Fans wait in the early morning of Feb. 2 for the weather-predicting groundhog to appear. (AP)
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Fans wait in the early morning of Feb. 2 for the weather-predicting groundhog to appear. (AP)

A zookeeper listens for a response by T-Boy, a Cajun groundhog, at a Groundhog Day event at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in 2011. (AP)
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A zookeeper listens for a response by T-Boy, a Cajun groundhog, at a Groundhog Day event at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in 2011. (AP)

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