7 Wiar­ton Wil­lie fun facts

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• ground­hogs make short, high-pitched whis­tles (which is prob­a­bly why Wil­lie and Zook show up when keeper Don Crain whis­tles)

• they’re lon­ers – so “batchin’” it is prob­a­bly just fine for Wil­lie

• ground­hogs are mostly veg­e­tar­i­ans

• Wiar­ton Wil­lie is a wood­chuck (an­other name for ground­hog) – the orig­i­nal www

• the first Wiar­ton Wil­lie pre­dic­tion was in 1956

• Wil­lie’s day job may have saved his life – wild al­bino wood­chucks are eas­ily found by preda­tors

• most ground­hogs work as builders, not prog­nos­ti­ca­tors – their tun­nelling pro­vides homes for many other species in the wild

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