Hurrah it’s World Cup time again, and we all know what that means; flags hanging out of car windows, World Cup related earworms, bad haircuts and most importantly of all; result predicting animals. If we’re lucky someone might even get round to playing some football.
You may recall that last world cup, Paul the octopus was match predicating dynamite. Sadly, the world’s only cephalopod footie pundit is no longer with us. But all is not lost, an ark of animals are awaiting their time in the psychic spotlight.
First to seek their psychic fortunes are a pair of Miniature donkeys called Alistair and Derek. The Somerset duo pick a team by choosing which of two food boxes to taste: so far they have seemed to think England will beat Italy. This could be problematic as Alf, Lolly and Ginny the team of Gentoo penguins at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, England, were predicting a draw in the same game. Still, all may not be lost, as when they were asked to repeat their prediction in front of the press, the brainy birds hedged their bets and forecast a win for England. A turtle called Big Head is Brazil’s entry for the psychic animal challenge, and he has already won one game. Big Head decided to eat a fish hung from a Brazilian flag rather than a Croatian flag, thus correctly predicting that Brazil would beat Croatia in the opening game. Let’s hope success doesn’t go to his head.