n intense escape. An injured reporter. A bloody hand. A furry, failed attempt at freedom. This was Groundhog's Day 2018 in Canada and there has been none like it in history. This is truly a story you have to read to believe and might convince you that Groundhog's Day could be the most exciting holiday to ever exist.
Not Your Average Holiday
Groundhog’s Day is a tradition that many of us have question why we still practice this type of absurdity, but hey, it’s kind of funny and groundhogs get no love any other day of the year so why not give them their own holiday and let them think they control the weather.
Shubenacadie Sam is the Canadian version of Punxsutawney Phil and apparently, Canadian groundhogs have a little more attitude.
Sam woke up this morning for his shiny, celebrity moment, but had other plans in mind. He handled business first, played it cool and had everyone smiling and unsuspecting of his true intentions.
First step: predict the weather with his magical, groundhog powers. Sam did not see his shadow, setting up our Canadian friends for an early spring. This brought joy for all who were watching.
Step two in Sam’s master plan: pose pretty for the photos. Reporters were allowed into the groundhog enclosure to get close-up photos of Sam to celebrate his predictions. Among those reporters was Brett Ruskin, our victim.
Unsuspecting Brett, a reporter for CBC News in Nova Scotia, entered the enclosure to get some footage of Sam.
Brett had tweeted earlier that day something that he may have regretted. He could not have predicted the events that were to take place but starting off the day by mocking the amazing Sam was probably not the best call.
From that point, everything was a furry, frenzied blur. Luckily Brett has the footage to prove what he could have never predicted to happen to him. Sam tried to make a quick escape and started to climb the fence that was closing him in.
Brett, seeing a moment to rise up and save the day, chases after Sam as he scales the enclosure. He gets a firm grip on Sam’s furry body as he holds on for dear life, so close to freedom he can probably taste it. Brett tries to pull him off the fence.
Then, Sam goes in for the kill.