New York mayor meets feisty Staten Island Chuck

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has had a run-in with a New Yorker who couldn't wait to get away from him.

It was the weather-predicting groundhog Staten Island Chuck.

De Blasio took part in his first official Groundhog Day ceremony today at the Staten Island Zoo. When he tried to hold Chuck, the rodent scrambled out of his arms and made the leap to the ground below. 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 in Pennsylvania.

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