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Groundhog Chuck escapes: Punxsutawney Phil relative eludes Bill de Blasio

A Groundhog Day 2014 celebration was eventful for one New Yorker. Groundhog Chuck, the city's furry seasonal prognosticator, pulled the slip on Mayor Bill de Blasio. While Punxsutawney Phil quietly signaled six more weeks of winter, Chuck nearly eluded Bloomberg's successor when he tried to pick it up, citing a Feb. 2 news report.

Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014
Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Groundhog Chuck aka Staten Island Chuck saw his shadow on Super Bowl Sunday, but not before he shimmied out of Mayor De Blasio's hands and tried to make a break for it at the morning ceremony at New York's Staten Island Zoo.

Perhaps, it was the over-sized gloves the new city leader donned. He took precautions just in case Chuck got the bite-fever. NYC's groundhog took a bite out of then mayor, Michael Bloomberg back in 2009.

Nonetheless, Chuck was quickly recovered by his handlers. And to show he meant no harm, the groundhog posed for pictures with De Blasio a short time later.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's own, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged before daybreak in the western part of state. And while thousands of onlookers stood by, the famous groundhog's shadow had shown. And as legend has it, winter will linger around for at least another six weeks.

Some people joked that Chuck's near-escape from the new mayor signaled what's to come ahead in his administration. Will opportunity get away from the chief executive in a city that's constantly under the microscope?

It's all tongue-in-cheek, and weather forecasters know the outcome before the furry mammals have a clue. Still, to see Groundhog Chuck nearly bail is priceless.


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