Stephen Colbert Accuses NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio of Murdering Charlotte the Groundhog (Video)

The rodent died a week after she was dropped during a ceremony in February

Last Updated: September 26, 2014 @ 3:38 PM

Groundhog Charlotte who wriggled out of the arms of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio during a ceremony in February died a week after the fall, according to media reports that surfaced this week.

Was it an accident? Stephen Colbert thinks not.

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“At the time that de Blasio dropped him, it seemed like an accident but think about it,” Colbert said. “Staten Island was the only borough that de Blasio lost in the mayoral election. So clearly he responded the only way Staten Island understands: with a mob-style execution of their most beloved resident.”

Video of the incident shows six-foot-six-inch tall de Blasio holding the groundhog right before the creature wriggled out of his grasp and fell to the ground.

But the controversy doesn’t end there.

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The New York Post reported that the zoo where Charlotte was on loan from went to great lengths to hide her death from the public. Colbert thinks the cover up is directly linked to the zoo receiving nearly half of its funding from the city.

“That’s right. The mayor bought the zoo’s silence,” Colbert said. “Turns out elephants don’t have such a good memory when they’re being paid to ‘fahgettaboudit.'”

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Watch the video from “The Colbert Report” above.