NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Groundhog Day is Monday and Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping the ceremony will go a little smoother this year.
During the annual Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony last year, the zoo’s groundhog squirmed from de Blasio’s grasp after predicting six more weeks of winter and fell several feet to the ground.READ MORE: Valanciunas, Hart Lead Pelicans Past Knicks
It died a week later, though its death was not revealed until September. An autopsy found it suffered internal injuries, but it was not clear if they stemmed from the fall.
It was also revealed that the animal was not the zoo’s famed Staten Island Chuck, but rather a female stand-in named Charlotte. The zoo did not notify the mayor’s office about the death.
The story prompted a flood of Twitter jokes about a #Groundhoghazi cover-up and de Blasio’s possible impeachment.
Speaking Friday, the mayor ridiculed his own animal handling abilities, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/21 Friday Morning Forecast