New York City Mayor Drops Groundhog

Rodent then predicts six more weeks of winter

Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Staten Island Chuck on Sunday. The groundhog saw his shadow, so according to folklore, winter will extend through March.     Photo: ShenandoahNPS/Flickr

Groundhog Day at Staten Island Zoo didn’t get off to a good start.

Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped celebrity groundhog Staten Island Chuck during the dawn ceremony. The animal was quickly scooped up by a handler and did not escape.   

Chuck then predicted some bad news—at least for New Yorkers. The East Coast’s brutal winter will continue for another six weeks, according to the furry star who saw his shadow on Sunday.

This wasn’t the first time a New York City mayor and a groundhog have had issues. In 2009, Chuck bit former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I’m hoping we can start a new day, a relationship here,” de Blasio said at the event. “I’m reaching out a hand to Chuck, and I hope he will consider shaking it rather than doing other things.”

A few minutes later, Staten Island Chuck wriggled out of de Blasio’s hands.

Punxsutawney Phil, the famed Pennsylvanian groundhog, also saw his shadow Sunday. If both animals are to be believed, winter will extend well into March. Here’s hoping for snow. (Sorry, New York.)

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