This year, Chuck has his very own "Chuck-o-vator," which carried him into the glass enclosure in order to guarantee his safety. Back in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio accidentally dropped another groundhog posing as Chuck, who unfortunately died a week later due to internal injuries. However, the Staten Island Zoo assured the public that this tragedy was not a direct cause of the fall. But as the tradition continues, we hold our furry friend close to our hearts, and want to ensure his safety during his biggest day of the year! Chuck has become somewhat of Staten Island's mascot, and you can come see him anytime in West Brighton! The beginning of February always brings one of Staten Island's most notorious holidays — Groundhog Day! Staten Island Zoo's favorite furry friend made his debut appearance this past Sunday around 7:30 AM in the morning. Charles G. Hogg, otherwise known as Chuck, has been searching for his shadows for years now! The tradition tell us what we can expect in terms of weathering seasons; if Chuck witnesses his own shadow, then Winter is expected to last another six weeks. However, this year Chuck searched for his silhouette with no such luck, signifying the coming of an early Spring! The community in West Brighton was ecstatic to participate in such a cute community tradition. The children of the neighborhood now have a project for the following month and a half: tracking and recording climate fluctuations to accurately test Chuck's prediction. This not only encourages such a fun exercise that students can work on together, but helps initiate scientific involvement amongst the younger generation. The method of this tracking is extremely interesting. They compare the amount of atypical (above 40 degrees) and typical weather days (below 40 degrees), and whichever holds majority determines whether Spring came early or not. The Staten Island Zoo says that Chuck has approximately an 80% accuracy at correctly predicting the upcoming season.
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