Feb 2, 2011 6:58 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Cajun Groundhog Day

New Iberia celebrated the 14th annual "Cajun Groundhog Day."
"He is the only nutria that can accurately forecast the weather for our town,"said mayor of New Iberia Hilda Curry.
Pierre C. Shaddeaux may look like an ordinary nutria rat, but that furry guy has an important job.
While most people rely on Punxsutawney Phil's weather prognostication-- this cajun groundhog predicts if Acadiana will have a long spring or early start to summer.
"We don't want some Yankee groundhog telling us about the weather in Louisiana,"said Willy Chapman.
Despite the frigid weather, adults and children gathered at Bouligny Plaza to see his prediction.
Pierre C. Shaddeaux lived up to his name. He saw his shadow so we are in store for an early return of summer.


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