It is bad enough that police officers now routinely turn their backs when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio approaches. Now the Staten Island Zoo has declared that neither he (nor any future mayor) will be allowed to hold Staten Island Chuck after he killed the last groundhog.
As the video show below, De Blasio was trying to hold on to Chuck when the groundhog wiggled free. The fall was later the attributed cause of Chuck’s death from internal injuries.
Now the zoo is saying enough. Prior to the De Blasio fumble, the groundhog bit former Mayor Mike Bloomberg (a common response of many to the former mayor). Clearly, groundhogs do not like New York mayors.
Now, no one will be holding Chuck and the groundhog will be allowed to prognosticate on the weather without human intervention.
For De Blasio my prediction is six more weeks of cold shoulders and freezing political winds.