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Super Bowl LI predictions: Animal edition



While sports analysts across networks, newspapers and radio stations weigh in on who they believe will come out on top in Super Bowl LI Sunday, there are other professionals you should consider consulting.


Yes, traditional experts are using their fancy statistics and expertise to pick one of two teams - the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons - to take the W in the big game.

But all kinds of animals, in all corners of the country, are doing the same thing. And without the human banter.

Some of these critters have correctly predicted Super Bowl victors for years, while others just started their football analyses.

Regardless, it sure is fun to watch which team these pros go with (which they usually eat, let’s be honest).

Who will come out on top?


First, we go to Sarasota’s Mote Aquarium where manatees Buffet and Hugh have guessed which team will come up with the win for nearly a decade.

According to Mote, Buffet has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner eight of nine times, while Hugh has been accurate five of nine times.

But it was a house divided for Super Bowl 51.


Next, we travel to Fort Worth, Texas, where PT the orangutan chose between two football-shaped pinatas filled with treats. One donned a Patriots logo, while the other had the Falcons’.


In Myrtle Beach, S.C., a Tiger named Tibet pounced on her prediction.

The tiger from Myrtle Beach Safari gave chase to two tiny remote-controlled cars, each displaying a team logo.

Tibet the tiger makes her pick for the 2017 SuperBowl at the Myrtle Beach Safari. #myrtlebeachsafari #rarespeciesfund #docantle #tiger #savethetigersavetheworld

A video posted by (@docantle) on Feb 1, 2017 at 6:56pm PST

For the record, the Patriots remote-controlled car was legitimately better at losing the Tiger. So.


It was another house divided over at Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo. But here we swap out manatees for a mother-son rhino duo.

Mom Ayana and her 3-month-old son Tumani made their picks for the victors when zookeepers put out two tires full of food - one with the Falcon’s logo, the other with the Patriots’.

The duo placed their bets by deciding which tire to eat from.

Ayana went straight for the Falcons while Tumani chose the Patriots.


Jumping back over to the Lone Star State we visit Teddy, a famous porcupine in the Dallas area who can “talk” while he eats. Teddy is with Zooniversity, a traveling wildlife company that educates people about animals.

Teddy picked the team he thinks will reign supreme Sunday via corn on the cob. His Super Bowl prediction record? 4:1.


Contact Samantha Putterman at Follow @samputterman. 

Buffet, a manatee at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, has picked the correct Super Bowl winner eight of nine times in the past decade. [Mote Marine Laboratory]

Mote Marine Laboratory

Buffet, a manatee at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, has picked the correct Super Bowl winner eight of nine times in the past decade. [Mote Marine Laboratory]

[Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2017 10:23am]


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