According to Groundhog Day lore, if the groundhog sees its shadow, you’re in for six more weeks of winter. If it doesn’t spring is around the corner.

So, what does it mean when the critter draws blood?

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin residents will find out this year, after Jimmy the Groundhog bit the town’s mayor. After a limo ride (which probably didn’t do much to calm Jimmy), the mayor leaned in to hear Jimmy’s prediction and Jimmy chomped on his ear.

Apparently, Sun Prairie needs to practice the whole groundhog day thing. Not only did their groundhog attack a person, the mayor and the groundhog handler apparently disagree about Jimmy’s interpretation.

"[Jimmy’s caretaker Jerry] Hahn added this was Mayor Freund’s first time participating, which could have added to the confusion."

  • Shadow/no shadow…doesn’t seem to prone too confusion to me.

No word on whether Jimmy’s under a rabies observation period.

Image credit: April King 2004 (click for source)