Over the next few days, just about every NFL pundit on the planet will weigh in with his or her opinion on whether the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks will emerge victorious from Super Bowl XLVIII. It just so happens that many of those pundits are animals.
Football fans around the country are consulting with their favorite animals in order to predict who will win this Sunday’s big game. Psychic manatees, porcupines, and komodo dragons have all chimed in with their Super Bowl picks.
A pair of “psychic” manatees in Sarasota, Fla., have conflicting opinions on this year’s Super Bowl. The massive mammals, named Hugh and Buffett, made their picks by swimming toward targets that displayed the Seahawks and Broncos’ logos. Hugh swam toward the Seahawks logo, while Buffett selected the Broncos, local television station WTSP reports.
Buffett is probably the more reliable of the two; he’s correctly predicted the last six Super Bowl winners, according to the news outlet. However, manatees are notorious for their poor eyesight, so don’t rely on him too much.
Meanwhile, Zooniversity, a traveling wildlife company, asked Teddy Bear the Porcupine for his opinion on Sunday’s game. The prickly celebrity chose to eat an ear of corn out of a jar labeled with the Seahawks logo, so he seems to think that Russell Wilson and company will have an edge at MetLife Stadium. Teddy Bear knows his stuff—he correctly chose the Ravens to win Super Bowl 47, and the Giants to win Super Bowl 46, the Huffington Post notes.
Finally, Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, asked their resident Komodo dragons to predict this year’s Super Bowl winners. The reptiles were placed between a pair of footballs painted with Seahawks and Broncos colors. Unlike Hugh the manatee and Teddy Bear the porcupine, both Komodo dragons are convinced that Peyton Manning and the rest of his Broncos teammates will be celebrating come Sunday.
For those individuals who choose not to trust the opinion of animals, even ones with psychic abilities, to make their Super Bowl prediction, Nevada bookmakers have their own betting odds for the big game. At press time, most books have the Broncos as 2.5-to-3 point favorites over the Seahawks.