Groundhog Day: Staten Island Chuck also predicts early spring

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Staten Island. NY (WCBS / CBS Newspath) -- Crowds of locals, community leaders and politicians took part in the annual tradition at the Staten Island Zoo in New York City on Saturday morning (02/02) to celebrate Groundhog Day.

The borough’s groundhog 'Staten Island Chuck.' appeared around 7:30 a.m. ET without finding his shadow, signaling an early spring arrival and cheers from the crowd. Courtesy: WCBS / CBS Newspath

The borough’s groundhog 'Staten Island Chuck.' appeared around 7:30 a.m. ET without finding his shadow, signaling an early spring arrival and cheers from the crowd.

Following a disastrous incident in recent years, Chuck is lifted and held in a glass enclosure, known as the “Chuck-a-vator,” while he searches for his shadow.

In 2014, a female groundhog posing as Chuck names Charlotte, was dropped by Mayor Bill de Blasio. She died of “acute internal injuries” a week later.

Zoo officials have not confirmed whether the death was a direct result of the fall, but De Blasio was not at the zoo’s event this year.

Chuck has an almost 80 percent accuracy rate, according to the Staten Island Zoo.



 
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