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Charlotte’s Groundhog Day 2015 will be a private affair

Will the new Queen Charlotte see her shadow and predict six more weeks of winter or will the city get an early spring?

It turns out that nobody but Charlotte media will witness her prediction because the new groundhog at the Charlotte Nature Museum is “very shy,” said Julie Levans, a spokeswoman for the museum.

The museum, which recently got the new Queen Charlotte after the last one died, said the new Queen Charlotte will be delivering her weather prediction “from the comfort of her enclosure” at a private media event, said Levans. The museum is usually closed on Mondays and will not be open to the public.

In past years, the museum has held a public event for the prediction.

“As a very young, new resident at the Museum, Queen Charlotte is a Queen-in-training,” said Levans in a statement. “Although she is not ready for a large Groundhog Day crowd, members of the media are invited to join Queen Charlotte as she makes her weather prediction for 2015.”

Last year, the former Queen Charlotte, Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh and Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pa., all saw their shadows, predicting six more weeks of winter.

If the groundhogs had failed to see their shadows, tradition says, spring would be just around the corner.

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