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(New Orleans, La.) - Winter is waning according to Audubon Zoo's T-Boy the nutria, who made his annual Groundhog Day prediction on Monday morning.

Emerging from a hole along the Uptown Carnival parade route, T-Boy disputed the earlier prognostication by Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned Pennsylvania groundhog who saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter.

In addition to forecasting that spring is just around the corner, T-Boy foresees a problem-free Mardi Gras and a bountiful crawfish season. As he surveyed the massive construction zone, T-Boy also predicted more detours and traffic jams or New Orleans motorists in the months ahead.

Audubon Zoo is located at 6500 Magazine Street. Admission to Audubon Zoo is $18.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 2-12, and $14.95 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge.

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.