Move over Punxsutawney Phil there's a new rodent in West Central Saskatchewan calling the shots when it comes to Groundhog Day.

The acclaimed Gopher of Eston Saskatchewan joined in the Groundhog Day folklore on Friday and ultimately saw it's shadow which means there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Although there is no official rodent to determine if Saskatchewan residents will enjoy an early spring or deal with a longer winter, the Town of Eston decided to share a local spin on the yearly event.

Standing at 8 feet tall and weighing a whopping 3000 pounds, the Eston Gopher was built in 1987, by Saskatoon Sculptor Michael Martin and holds the title as the world's largest.