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De Blasio meets feisty Staten Island Chuck

- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a run-in with a disgruntled New Yorker who couldn't wait to get away from him - weather-predicting groundhog Staten Island Chuck.

De Blasio took part in his first official Groundhog Day ceremony on Sunday at the Staten Island Zoo. When he tried to hold Chuck, the rodent scrabbled out of his arms and made the leap to the ground below, where he was quickly picked up by a handler.

It could have been worse - in 2009, Chuck bit then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's finger.

Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter, as did Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil of Pennsylvania.

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