Cajun 'groundhog' Pierre C. Shadeaux predicts early spring

The Advocate

Fans of Pierre C. Shadeaux, a nutria referred to as the Cajun Groundhog, turned out Tuesday at Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia for the New Iberia Cajun Groundhog Day ceremony.

The event was led by Grand Marshal David Feldman, and New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry issued a proclamation to mark the occasion.

Alas, Pierre did not see his shadow, which predicts that our region will have an early and longer spring and milder summer. Had he seen his shadow, the prediction would announce an early, hot summer season. Pierre is one of two 3- to 4-week-old nutrias at Zoosiana — The Zoo of Acadiana.

He and his brother, who are being called Boudreaux and Thibodeaux, can be seen up close during the Zoo Live show at the zoo.

Pierre’s prediction matched that of his fellow forecaster and Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring.

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