When it comes to earthquakes and volcanoes, animals are always the first to know. But what about Super Bowls? Every year, casual sports fans and gambling addicts alike look to nature for the answer to the question, "Who's going to win the big game?"
Although their understanding of football may be questionable at best, creatures of all species are weighing in on this Sunday's contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
Presenting your Super Bowl XLVIII pundits!
Internet sensation Teddy Bear the Porcupine has declared his preference for the Seahawks and corn on the cob.
Kiano, a black rhino from Des Moines, Iowa, confidently rolled a large metal ball with the Seahawks' logo on it, effectively declaring them the winner.
Hugh and Buffet, manatees from Sarasota, Florida, were split in their decision, with Hugh picking the Seahawks and Buffet picking the Broncos. Gamblers would do well to note, however, that Buffet has the better record, having correctly picked the past six Super Bowls.
Another animal pair, komodo dragons named Murphy and Diablo, were able to agree—this time on the Broncos.
Eli, an orangutan from Utah who has correctly chosen the past six Super Bowl winners, called it for the Seahawks.
In Montana, a grizzly bear named Ozzy hemmed and hawed before finally eating the cake with the Broncos' logo on it. Whether this was meant to signify a win or loss for the Broncos, Ozzy did not say.
Truly, it's anyone's game.
Finally, on a sad note, a memorial service has been planned for Princess, a camel in New Jersey who had correctly predicted six of the past seven Super Bowl contests. She died of natural causes on January 14 at Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River. Her body was cremated.
Enjoy the game, everyone!