Staten Island Zoo
A year after a groundhog slipped from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s grasp during the annual Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony, the zoo is reportedly making a change to prevent the mayor from handling the animal.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is declining to discuss the groundhog that died a week after slipping from his grasp.
The death is just coming to light now, but Staten Island Assemblyman Matthew Titone said the Staten Island Zoo assured him that the fall from the mayor’s hands is not why the groundhog died.
The recent birth did not take place at the world-famous Bronx Zoo, but at a zoo that caters to smaller animals.
It’s just the second baby tamandua born in New York state to survive.
Officials discovered the 10-pound fox, named Helena, had burrowed out of her enclosure last Monday.
The fox was adopted by the zoo in July and named Montana after she was found wandering near Yellowstone National Park.
A seven-month-old red fox has escaped from the Staten Island Zoo, and officials are worried about her chance for survival.
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The zoo is building an outdoor space for the Amur leopard along with opening a new exhibit titled “Rattlemania.” They also recently got a Kinkajou.
The city’s own weather-predicting groundhog emerged from his solar-powered home at the Staten Island Zoo and delivered the news Wednesday morning.
For the first time in 15 years Groundhog Day has been cancelled in a Long Island town. Malverne Mel will not be able to come out and predict the weather Wednesday because of the latest winter storm.