Groundhog Bites Mayor Bloomberg (VIDEO)

03/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg has faced some tough opponents since taking office, but none have bitten him up until now. During the Groundhog's Day ceremony in Staten Island yesterday, Charles G. Hogg bit the Mayor and ruined a very nice pair of leather gloves. Bloomberg was trying to lure the critter out from his hiding place with an ear of corn when the furry fiend went for the finger. (Video of the event is posted below.)

According to The New York Times:

"Chuck wasn't up for whatever it was that Mr. Bloomberg had planned for him -- or for predicting how much longer winter was going to last, for that matter. And he got so annoyed at the mayor that he bit the mayor's left hand, his sharp teeth piercing Mr. Bloomberg's black leather gloves."

The Mayor gave a light-hearted response saying:

"Given the heightened response against terrorism, and clearly in this case a terrorist rodent who could very well have been trained by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, I'm not at liberty to say any more than that."

Luckily, the mayor is up to date on his Tetanus shots, so he just needed a bandage to recover from the attack.

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