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The animal kingdom in general got it wrong last year, with 6 of 8 “experts” picking the ill-fated Rams to win over the Patriots. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that bettors across America continue to let their money ride with the furry, feathery, and scaly residents of local zoos, aquariums, farms, barns, and wildlife reserves. Coincidentally or not, the call of the wild typically picks a team with a logo featuring some sort of animal (Rams, Eagles, Falcons, Panthers, Seahawks, etc.) but for the first time since 2012 the Super Bowl is without an animal on the helmet. They also often pick the underdog, but with just a 1 to 1.5-point spread (shifting in favor of Kansas City) since the line opened there is really no dark horse in Super Bowl 54. Will that make for more balanced predictions for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs matchup in 2020? Let’s find out.
Current Animal Picks Total: 49ers 7 / Chiefs 2
Super Bowl LIV Picks and Predictions from America’s Favorite Animals
LeLe the Panda – Kansas City Chiefs
Jack the Shark Prognosticator – San Francisco 49ers
Cass the Cat – San Francisco 49ers
Tal the Orangutan – San Francisco 49ers
image: courtesy of Chahinkapa Zoo
On Monday January 27, Tal, the resident orangutan at Chahinkapa Zoo in North Dakota returned to his fenced enclosure to find two footballs laying in wait. One wore the 49ers logo, the other the Chiefs. After some deliberation and wearing a “WTF?” expression on his naturally pensive face, Tal picked up San Francisco’s pigskin to deliver his pick.
Porter the Harbor Seal – Kansas City Chiefs
Moody Gardens amusement park and aquarium in Galveston took things up a notch when getting their resident harbor seal to make his Super Bowl pick, going for the best out of three. They tossed one gold football (representing the 49ers) and one red ball (representing the Chiefs) into the water to see which Porter would fetch. On two of three tries Porter picked the red ball, sealing the fate of the Kansas City Chiefs as the victor for Super Bowl 54.
Pippi, Jane, and Huck the Otters – San Francisco 49ers
image: courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Like with Moody Gardens amusement park (above) Mote Aquarium in Sarasota Florida wanted a best-of-three result to make their declaration. Tasking a trio of river otters, Pippi, Jane, and Huck with making the facility’s pick – the end result favored the 49ers over the Chiefs by a tally of 2-1.
Fiona the Hippo – San Francisco 49ers…we think
Harry and Lloyd Miniature Donkeys – San Francisco 49ers
Maryland Zoo’s resident donkeys are looking to make an ass of Vegas bookmakers after going against the favorite (slight favorite) and making their pick for the 49ers to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of Sunday’s game.
Racine the Pig – Pending
Vegas the Skinny Pig – Pending
Bubbles the Elephant – Pending
Sugriva the Chimp – Pending
Ishta the Tiger – Pending
Ozzy the Grizzly Bear – San Francisco 49ers
image: courtesy of ZooMontana
Don’t dismiss the picks from this ZooMontana resident grizzly bear. Ozzy boasts an impressive 7-1 record, and has predicted the Super Bowl winner for seven years straight. This last Friday 24, 2020 Ozzy came out of “hibernation” without hesitation and gobbled up his grape and whipped cream cake which sat atop the 49ers logo, making San Francisco a solid straight-up bet.
At press, the wild kingdom likes San Francisco with a 7-2 record in favor of the 49ers. Stay tuned for daily updates as zoo animals, popular pets, and other critters across America weigh in with their picks. Now that you’re armed with the expert opinions above, are you ready to make your own Super Bowl LIV predictions? Register to do so and make your NFL wager here.
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