February 2, 2015 5:31 PM EST

On a nippy Groundhog Day in Sun Prairie, Wis., a groundhog nipped the city’s mayor on the ear.

Per tradition, Jimmy the Groundhog had “whispered” his prognostication of an early spring into Mayor Jonathan Freund’s ear and “leaned into the Mayor’s ear to make sure the Mayor heard him correctly,” according to a statement. WISC-TV News 3 posted video of the incident.

“Let’s just say that Jimmy will always have my ear,” Freund wrote on Facebook.

No word on whether, after the incident, he will experience six more weeks of pain.


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