Sea Life penguins predict World Cup results


As the World Cup is now underway we have been looking to see what links there might be to bring our subject matters together and stumbled upon the very heart warming story of penguins predicting the results of some of the games.

It seems Birmingham’s National Sea Life centre’s newest residents have been getting into the World Cup spirit by making their very own predictions.

The attraction’s Gentoo penguins have put their feathery necks on the line and predicted the results of the opening games.

They’ve been busy examining the country’s flags for each head-to-head game and choosing which they think represents the winning team by hopping onto the rock it is leant against. When they’re unable to choose an out and out winner, they’ve scrambled onto the middle ground of the ‘draw’ rock instead.

James Robson, curator at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, explains: “Our Gentoos are really enthusiastic and love playing new games so have quickly got into the spirit of choosing the winning flags.

“Alf, one of the oldest penguins and the self-appointed head of the colony, has been leading the predictions, with a little help from his long-term partner, Lolly, and his new girlfriend, Ginny. Surprisingly the two girls have agreed on the predictions when they’re rivals in everything else!”

The trio’s prediction for the first game of the competition, Brazil vs Croatia on June 12, is a win for the hosts, Brazil. In England’s first group game against Italy on June 14, in the extreme humidity of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Alf predicts a draw for the European head-to-head. But youngster Pablo, who has been challenging Alf for his leadership, isn’t sitting on the fence on this one. He’s confidently predicting a win for Italy!

Watch this space the penguins’ predictions are set to continue.

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