Groundhog Bites Bloomberg
Groundhog bite Mayor Mike Bloomberg
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2009 6:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Winter may only last another six weeks, but this is one Groundhog Day that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will likely remember for a lot longer. Staten Island's resident groundhog, Chuck, bit Bloomberg on his left index finger during the annual ceremony that predicts the start of spring, the New York Times reports.

Bloomberg was bitten while attempting to coax the reluctant rodent from its shelter, first with an ear of corn (which Chuck swiftly wrested from the mayor) and then by dragging the reclusive creature out into public view with his gloved hands. But Chuck “was basically concentrating on his food,” said a spokesperson at the zoo where the ceremony was held. “The mayor’s fingers may have just been there.”