LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey’s football-pickin’ camel has signaled the New York Giants will win the Super Bowl.
Princess, the star Popcorn Park Zoo, has correctly picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. She went 14 and 6 predicting regular season games this year, and has a lifetime record of 88-51.
The Bactrian camel’s prognostication skills flow from her love of graham crackers.
Zoo general manager John Bergmann writes the name of the competing teams on his palms and then puts crackers in his hands. Whichever Princess nibbles from is her pick.
Bergmann tells 1010 WINS Princess didn’t even hesitate during her Super Bowl pick.
“She was ready to go and she was pretty decisive,” Bergmann said. “There was no thinking about it, she went right for the Giants.”
Princess has a pretty impressive record for picking the Super Bowl winner. Her only miscue in the big game was picking the Indianapolis Colts over the New Orleans Saints two years ago.
Her best season was 2008, when she got 17 out of 22 games right, including correctly picking the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl.
Princess doesn’t do point spreads. But she has nearly mastered the art of picking straight-up winners.
The cunning camel was once the personal pet of heiress Doris Duke, the only child of tobacco and electric energy tycoon James Buchanan Duke.
Doris Duke raised Princess and her sister Babe from youngsters, Bergmann said.
The pair of camels had their own barn, and spent summers at Duke’s Rhode Island estate. During bad weather, they were put up in the solarium.
After Duke’s death in 1993, the camels stayed on her estate in Hillsborough. Babe died several years ago, leaving just Princess.
When Princess’ caretaker was about to retire, the estate offered Princess to Popcorn Park Zoo, which took her in. The zoo cares for abandoned and abused animals.
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