SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — If you’re still waiting to make a prediction on Sunday’s Super Bowl, you may want to hold off until Thursday, when a Utah ape who has correctly picked the winner six straight years makes his selection.
The ape, named Eli, will choose between papier-mache helmets with logos of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks Thursday morning at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Zookeepers let the full-grown orangutan loose in the room with the helmets and the one he touches first is his pick.
Eli sometimes waits and thinks over his pick, said Erica Hansen of Hogle Zoo. But last year, he charged right out and knocked over a papier mache goal post decorated with the Ravens logo. He ignored the 49ers post.
Hansen said interest and excitement about Eli’s Super Bowl pick has increased as his streak grows. This year, people have been asking daily when he’s making his pick.
Each year, zoo officials worry that Eli’s remarkable streak will end, but it just keeps going year after year.
“He’s better than the Vegas odds-makers,” Hansen said.
After he makes his much-awaited prognostication, 13-year-old Eli is joined by his mate, Eve, and daughter, Acara, and allowed to smash, play and eat the papier-mache helmets.
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