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Staten Island Chuck

February 2, 2012 by staff 

Staten Island Chuck, New York City’s most famous groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, predicts it will be an early spring.

Mayor Bloomberg was on hand to help. He held up the groundhog and shouted: “Go Giants.”

Chuck — whose formal name is Charles G. Hogg — made his prediction at the Staten Island Zoo.

Bloomberg handled him with heavy gloves. They became part of the mayor’s fashion attire for the annual event after Chuck chomped on his finger in 2009.

Tradition holds that if the groundhog sees its shadow, winter could last six more weeks.

Chuck is at odds with Pennsylvania’s pride and joy.

Chad Rachman
Mayor Bloomberg holds Staten Island Chuck as the groundhog predicts an early spring.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.

The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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