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Bill De Blasio Drops Staten Island Chuck On Groundhog Day

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio holds a press conference to announce members of his sen
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio holds a press conference to announce members of his senior leadership team on December 4, 2013 in New York City. The de Blasio administration is due to take office on January 1. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

At least he didn't get bitten.

Bill de Blasio's first official Groundhog Day ceremony as New York City mayor didn't go exactly as planned, as the furry creature jumped right out of his hands.

The Wall Street Journal's political reporter Mara Gay caught de Blasio's moment with Staten Island Chuck on video:

In 2009, Chuck bit then-mayor Michael Bloomberg on his left hand.

“Chuck and my predecessor didn’t always get along, let’s be honest about that," de Blasio said before handling the animal himself. "But I’m hoping we can start a new day, a new relationship here."

Just like Punxsutawney Phil, Chuck saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

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