New Orleans,
02
February
2017

Audubon Zoo's T-Boy the Nutria Predicts Spring is Right Around the Corner

He also foresees fabulous Mardi Gras weather and an exciting NBA All-Star Game featuring a top performance by the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis

Summary

Winter is almost done according to Audubon Zoo’s T-boy the nutria, who made his annual Groundhog Day prediction on Thursday morning with the help of representatives of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Winter is almost done according to Audubon Zoo’s T-boy the nutria, who made his annual Groundhog Day prediction on Thursday morning with the help of representatives of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Emerging from a hole at the center of a replica of the Smoothie King Center basketball court that will host the NBA’s best players later this month, T-boy once again disputed the earlier prognostication by Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned Pennsylvania groundhog who saw his shadow, signaling a long winter.

“Because there was no shadow, T-Boy is forecasting that spring is almost here and that we can expect picture-perfect weather for the upcoming Carnival parade season,’’ said Audubon animal care expert Malinda Chambers.

As he surveyed the court munching on tiny basketballs carved from carrots, T-boy also predicted a high-scoring contest and a big night for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.

T-Boys’ prediction took place in the Pelicans Nest, the venue in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit built in partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans that is designed to teach children about costal restoration in a fun and engaging manner.

T-Boy also invited guests to World Wetlands Day in the Louisiana Swamp on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Besides lessons about the perils facing Louisiana’s wetlands and ways to get involved and make a difference, the event will feature Cajun dancing lessons, animal chats and encounters, a scavenger hunt and sustainable seafood games.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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