Norfolk’s exotic animals to predict the results of World Cup matches

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 14 June 2018

The Amur tigers may favour Russia. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Amur tigers may favour Russia. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


They say that anything is possible in the beautiful game. But now animals at a Norfolk zoo are going to be putting that to the test as they try to predict the results of the World Cup.

Will the Ring-tailed Lemurs predict the winners of the World Cup?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYWill the Ring-tailed Lemurs predict the winners of the World Cup?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In support of this year’s tournament Banham Zoo will be putting their animals to the test as everyday they get a different resident at the zoo to try and predict which team is going to win.

By placing two boxes of food in each animal’s enclosure with different nation’s flags on, keepers will watch with anticipation to see which box the animal will feed from, therefore determining the winner.

A number of animals will be taking part with each animal representing a country that in the tournament. Whether they favour that team is yet to be seen.

Lynne Wilshaw from Banham Zoo said: “Our animal management team throughout the World Cup will be picking the winners of that day’s matches by one animal and then the next day we will use a different animal.

Could a spoonbill decide the World Cup Final?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCould a spoonbill decide the World Cup Final?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“From Siberian Tigers to Armadillos they will be selecting who they think will win that day’s matches.”

The zoo is hoping to follow in the footsteps of other famous predicting animals such as Paul the Octopus from the 2010 South Africa World Cup where it predicted every outcome correctly.

Ms Wilshaw added: “It is going to be really interesting to see who the animals pick and it will be amazing if they correctly guess the results of the game.

“You never know we may have our own mystic animal in the zoo.”

Who will the penguins predict?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYWho will the penguins predict?. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The zoo opened in 1968 and has since worked to help endangered animals through captivity programmes. Along with Africa Alive, near Lowestoft, the zoo become a part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia in 2013.

It is home to more 2,000 animals from across the globe in 50 acres of the Norfolk countryside.

The zoo is a registered charity will animal lovers able to sponsor their favourite resident or help towards their care.

This paper will be uploading a video and article everyday with the animals’ predictions on

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