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Wacky winter weather affects animals, too

You know how weird it feels when temperatures are in the teens one day and then up near the 50s the next? How awful it is to see homes and property destroyed by freak flooding caused by unseasonably warm temps? Well, turns out animals also suffer the consequences of such weather whiplash. Bears in particular have woken up early from their hibernation, something they’re not due to do for months. As Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Tom Rogers explained in a WCAX-TV video, winter flooding has taken a toll on the state’s animals. Watch the full video above.

Welp, looks like we’re in for more winter weather

Update to our earlier post: Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil has decided there will not be an early spring this year. Sorry, folks.

The famed groundhog saw his shadow, meaning we’re due for six more weeks of winter, because a groundhog seeing its shadow is a v precise and scientific determinant of meteorology. (Duh.)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was among the first to break the news to his millions of Twitter followers.

Btw, you can follow Punxsutawney Phil – well, the group that takes care of him, at least – on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing.