Do you trust a camel that predicts Super Bowl winners?
Princess the camel predicts the New York Giants will win Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, alongside John Bergmann, manager of the New Jersey Popcorn Park Zoo. (YouTube)
NFL fans with wagers on which team will win this Sunday's Super Bowl may want to check first with a camel whose choices are so good they're golden.
Princess, a camel from New Jersey's Popcorn Park Zoo, has chosen the New York Giants to beat the New England Patriots at the 46th annual championship game in Indianapolis, Ind.
She has accurately chosen five of the last six Super Bowl championships, slipping only two years ago when she chose the Indianapolis Colts to beat the New Orleans Saints. (The Saints won, 31-17.)
Here's how it works: John Bergmann, the zoo's general manager, writes the names of each team involved on his hands, and holds a large graham cracker in each. Whichever hand Princess chooses to eat the cracker from is the team chosen to win.
The two have been making football predictions every week for a local radio station. Her most successful season was 2008, when she correctly predicted the winners of 17 of 22 games.
Princess isn't the first animal to predict game winners. Paul the Octopus correctly chose the winners of all eight games in the 2010 World Cup before his death in October of that year.
Cosmo, the Amazon parrot of the Vancouver Aquarium, correctly predicted the outcome for all five games of the Western Conference final series between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks in 2011.
And a Singaporean parakeet named Mani also gained fame as something of a psychic after successfully picking the winners of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final and semifinal matches.
Do you think Princess has made the right prediction for this year's Super Bowl? Which team will you be cheering for, and why? Do you have any pre-match rituals used to divine the ultimate winner? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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