Update 11:40 a.m.: The video of Mayor Bill de Blasio dropping Staten Island Chuck, courtesy of Mara Gay and the Wall Street Journal, can be viewed at the bottom of the article.
Groundhog 2014 came and went and Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck were in agreement in their prognostications. While Phil tends to get the most attention, Chuck stole the show as he squirmed out of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's arms.
Staten Island Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil saw their shadows on Feb. 2, which means we should expect six more weeks of winter. For those holding out for a chance at an early spring, Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow and predicted an end to the winter weather. Punxsutawney Phil has been historically inaccurate -- just a 39 percent success rate according to StormFax -- and was incorrect last year after not seeing his shadow.
Around 25,000 fans made their way to Gobbler's Knob to celebrate with Punxsutawney Phil. The Groundhog Day 2014 prediction from Phil can be viewed below.
During the Groundhog Day 2014 event at the Staten Island Zoo, newly elected NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio made his first appearance at this annual event. As de Blasio was handling Chuck, the groundhog squirmed out of the mayor's gloved hands and leaped onto the floor. The moment led to plenty of gasps but it appears Chuck was unharmed from his leap of faith.
This is not the first time Staten Island Chuck has had an eventful encounter with a NYC mayor; the groundhog bit then-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009. U.S. Rep Michael Grimm, making the news last week for threatening a reporter, quickly posted a response on Facebook.
Grimm said, "Our own Staten Island Chuck called for 6 more weeks of winter this morning at the Staten Island Zoo. Maybe that was to get back at the mayor for almost dropping him! Either way, I hope he's off the mark this year. What do you think? More of the "polar vortex" or a much needed spring thaw?"
Mara Gray from the Wall Street Journal was on hand at the Staten Island Zoo. Her video of Mayor Bill de Blasio dropping Staten Island Chuck can be viewed below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.