WATCH: Fred La Marmotte's death makes it onto US late night television
News broke this week that Quebec's weather-predicting groundhog Fred La Marmotte died leading up to Groundhog Day on February 2.
Native of Val d'Espoir, Que., Fred's handlers estimate the rodent was at least 14 years old.
The news of Fred's death garnered mixed reactions on social media.
It is with a heavy heart that I receive the news that Fred La Marmotte was discovered dead this morning before being able to make a useless prediction.— John Moore (@MooreintheAM) February 2, 2023
The groundhog that predicts the end of winter here in Quebec, Fred la Marmotte ... um, died. Hours before he was due to appear.— Laura Keating (@LoreKeating) February 2, 2023
I'm sure that bodes well ... pic.twitter.com/iVfKaMFzp1
RIP 'Fred la Marmotte', a Quebec groundhog who was found dead hours before a local Groundhog Day ceremony.— Niall Bradley (@Niall_Diarmuid) February 3, 2023
So I guess the question Canadians oughta be asking themselves is: does this mean winter is never going to end?! pic.twitter.com/OS7WdhnrcH
Quebec: *Looks to groundhog for prediction*— Pie 'Meat Corners' Gopher (@piegopher) February 2, 2023
Quebec's groundhog: *dies*https://t.co/32az48YQAq
The ultimate commentary on the news of Fred's demise came from none other than late night TV host Stephen Colbert. Watch: