Princess the camel won’t pick Eagles games in protest over Vick

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There’s a camel in New Jersey who has a talent in choosing the winning team of pro football games. Last year Princess of the Popcorn Park Zoo accurately predicted the winners of 17 of 21 NFL games, including choosing the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl.

But to protest the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent pickup of convicted animal abuser Michael Vick, Princess, who once belonged to heiress Doris Duke, won’t entertain any games involving the quarterback’s new team.


How does the camel choose her winning teams? According to the Associated Press, John Bergmann, the zoo’s general manager, picks a game scheduled for that week, then he writes one team’s name on one hand and the other team’s name on his other hand. Bergmann then puts graham crackers in his hands and whichever hand the 2,600-pound animal licks first is the team she has chosen.

Laugh all you want, but if you could pick NFL games accurately 81% of the time, you’d be laughing all the way to the bank.

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Popcorn Park Zoo, and Princess the camel use graham crackers to make a football game prediction. Credit: Associated Press