MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s official groundhog, Chuckles XI, predicted we would have an early spring.

The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester held its annual Groundhog Day tradition Thursday morning.

Manchester Mayor Jay Moran translated for Chuckles, saying that the furry critter did not see his shadow, signaling a speedy end to winter.

“Chuckles said he did not see his shadow, enjoy an early spring,” Moran said.

Chuckles’ prediction was good news to some in the crowd.

“I saw my shadow, so I thought the groundhog would, but I guess I was wrong,” Elizabeth from West Hartford said. “I’m really happy that it’s really spring.”

Chuckles XI is part of a long history of groundhogs named Chuckles, all holding the vital title “Official State Groundhog of Connecticut.” The tradition at the Lutz Children’s Museum dates back to 1979.

“Groundhog day for the state and the town of Manchester just brings everyone together,” Patricia Buxton, the museum’s executive director, said. “It’s a happy day; it’s a whimsical day. It makes everyone remember childhood.”

Chuckles lives in the museum’s animal room when he’s not on duty with other animal ambassadors. Ashley Little, the animal curator for the museum, said Chuckles XI was found at a young age and severely malnourished.

“Compared to last year, he’s gained three pounds since his last vet visit,” Little said. “So he’s a total of nine pounds, this chunky boy. We’re so lucky to have him.”

The fate of the winter season wasn’t Chuckles XI’s only prediction Thursday. He’s also keeping tabs on the battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.

“He has the Eagles by six in the Super Bowl,” Moran said.