The Triangle’s two groundhogs predicted an early spring on Tuesday, each in his own way.
Above, Raleigh’s Sir Walter Wally, the traditionalist, failed to see his shadow in the courtyard in front of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Wally “whispered” the news to Susan Kluttz, the state Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources, who conveyed it to a cheering crowd. Then the city’s honored prognosticator enjoyed pets from 4-year-old Luke Bass, right, and others who stayed around to hear facts and folklore about his kind and Groundhog Day.
Garner’s Snerd, below, and his handler, Vinny Mammone of Claws Inc., were more formal. Snerd’s prediction was delivered in a sealed envelope to Mayor Ronnie Williams, below right, who read it to more than 100 children and parents at White Deer Park.