Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when Connecticut has Chuckles?

The Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester is the home of the state's official groundhog.

Chuckles VIII made her Groundhog Day prediction at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday. She predicted an early spring.

She made her forecast in front of hundreds of fans at a free public event.

"Connecticut Chuckles VIII" is approximately 5 years old," said Bob Eckert, executive director of the Lutz Children's Museum. "She has lived at the Lutz Children's Museum since she was discovered injured and orphaned as a baby. Her doctor determined that she would not be able to survive in the wild, opening the door to a new career in meteorology."

Doors to the event opened at 6 a.m.

The museum is located at 247 South Main St. in Manchester.

For more information, head to its website here.

Down in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter.

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