Mayor de Blasio found to be responsible for groundhog's death

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New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor BILL DE BLASIO recoils as Staten Island Chuck breaks free and drops to the stage during the 2014 Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter. © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
This photo supplied by the Mayor's Office, shows New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, holding the city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, at the Staten Island Zoo during Groudhog Day festivities Monday Feb. 2, 2009. The rodent bit through Bloomberg's glove and chomped on his left index finger when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn. (AP Photo/Spencer T. Tucker, Office of the Mayor)
This photo, supplied by the Mayor's Office, shows New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg luring the city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, from his enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo, on Groudhog Day Monday Feb. 2, 2009. The rodent bit through Bloomberg's glove and chomped on his left index finger when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn. (AP Photo/Spencer T. Tucker, Office of the Mayor)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Daily News front page dated February 3, 2009, Headline: BEAST THAT BIT THE MAYOR, S.I. Chuck's Groundhog Day Story, Mayor Bloomberg (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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By MORGAN GIORDANO

One of the biggest political cover-ups in recent memory has just been exposed. Last Groundhog Day, the newly elected mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, visited Staten Island to meet NYC's Punxsutawney Phil, Chuck. Chuck got anxious when handed to de Blasio and squirmed out of his arms, falling head first to the ground.

The incident was caught on camera by The Wall Street Journal's political reporter Mara Gay among many others, but was played off as just one of Chuck's quirks. New York Times reported that in 2009 Chuck bit then-mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Then eight months later, hearts shattered as the public found out that Chuck had died just a week after his tumble. Groundhog-gate was broken by The New York Post who made the world aware that "Mayor de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!"

Apparently Chuck had suffered internal injuries from his nearly six foot fall. The zoo discovered the animal dead in its pen seven days after the fumble. A source told The Post that a necropsy showed the rodent died from "acute internal injuries" consistent with trauma from a fall.

But the scandal deepens. As it turns out, Chuck was never actually Chuck, but a lady groundhog named Charlotte. They replaced Chuck for the ceremony out of fear that he had a taste of politicians' blood and would try to bite de Blasio too.

The mayor's office was not informed of the untimely death, and found out for the first time about the upsetting outcome when The Post published their findings. A few supporters in the zoo community were told that Chuck had died, but they were under the impression it was from old age.

"We were unaware that Staten Island Chuck had passed but are sorry to hear of the loss," said spokesman Phil Walzak.

Mayor de Blasio has yet to personally address the traumatic accident.

Check out original reporting on the fatal drop:
NYC Mayor De Blasio Drops Staten Island Groundhog


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