Sea-lion picks Euro 2016 win­ners

Lesotho Times - - Cartoons & Puzzles -

PARIS — FOL­LOW­ING the ex­am­ple set by Paul the Oc­to­pus, Wat­son the sea-lion hopes his nose for win­ners will bring him in­ter­na­tional star­dom - and a few ex­tra fish — as he pre­dicts the out­come of France’s games in the Euro soc­cer cham­pi­onship.

Weigh­ing in at a sprightly 350 kg, the mid­dle-aged mam­mal, re­sid­ing in a zoo in the east­ern French town of Am­neville, ac­cu­rately fore­cast France’s pas­sage to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 2014 World Cup, call­ing each game right un­til the French were knocked out 1-0 by Ger­many.

He sig­nals his choice by pick­ing up one of three ice­boxes bear­ing the flags of the ri­val teams and a “draw” sign.

Zoo keeper Pablo Joury hopes Wat­son will be a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the Ger­man oc­to­pus, who ac­cu­rately pre­dicted Ger­many’s 2010 World Cup run and be­came a celebrity be­fore dy­ing a few months later.

For Fri­day evening’s open­ing match be­tween France and Ro­ma­nia, Wat­son picked his home coun­try, the fa­vorite, to win. The tour­na­ment runs from June 10 to July 10.

If his win­ning streak lasts, Wat­son could have a long ca­reer. He turned 15 on June 1, just mid­dle-age for a sea-lion.

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