What’s worse than the groundhog seeing his shadow and therein prophesizing six more weeks of winter? Said groundhog biting your hand, that’s what, but it turns out somewhat understandably if you consider the prescient groundhog’s point of view. Fortunately, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly holding no grudges against Charles G. Hogg, a 3-year-old, 10-lb. groundhog resident of Staten Island Zoo, who will receive no punishment as a result of his crotchety behavior. It seems that Charles, also known as Chuck, was reluctant to participate in the early morning anachronistic media stunt on Monday, Feb. 2, accepting Mayor Bloomberg’s proffered ear of corn multiple times but refusing to peer at his proverbial shadow before the rolling cameras. Confounded by Chuck’s stubbornness, the mayor grabbed the groundhog by the belly and held him up before the crowd of spectators, but not before Chuck made his feelings known. I personally always found the shadow lore a bit mysterious, but this sentiment I at least understand. I’m never decent before 8 a.m. either, Chuck.
Groundhogging the spotlightIn Animal News on February 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm