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Raccoon predicts an England win after a ‘rocky’ start - 15/06/12

A raccoon at Bristol Zoo Gardens has predicted a win for England in tonight’s Euro 2012 match with Sweden.

Rocky the raccoon made his choice after being offered three pots with equal amounts of food, one marked ‘England’, another with ‘Sweden’ and a third with ‘draw’.

Rocky the raccoon chooses England to winAfter a ‘rocky’ start on Monday when the raccoon predicted an England triumph against France – a game which resulted in a 1-1 draw - Rocky has once again picked England to win tonight’s game in the European Championships.   

One of Rocky’s keepers, Rob Goodchild, said: “We all had our fingers crossed for the first England match, but we only gave Rocky the choice between England or France winning – we didn’t offer him the option of ‘a draw’. So this time we’ve taken no chances! Once again Rocky has selected England to win in a completely fair test, so we are all hopeful that England will be victorious in tonight’s Group D clash in Kiev, and that Rocky will prove right!”

Rocky’s prediction follows on from the success of Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany's matches during the 2010 World Cup. Whether Rocky will have the same winning streak is yet to be seen.

If England fail to get a result this evening Rocky may well have to stick to the day job starring in Bristol Zoo’s Amazing Animals shows on the Zoo’s customer-built outdoor stage.

Rob Goodchild is one of a number of specialist trainers and handlers who work with creatures as diverse as lemurs and armadillos to meerkats, kookaburras and macaw parrots.

Rocky and his ‘creature colleagues’ can be seen in Bristol Zoo’s fun and fact-filled Amazing Animals shows every day at 12noon and 2pm (weather permitting).

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

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Notes to the Editor:

Bristol Zoo Gardens

  • Bristol Zoo is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day. 
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on income from visitors and supporters to continue its important work. 
  • Bristol Zoo is involved with more than 100 co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species. 
  • Itemploys over 150 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work. 
  • Bristol Zoo supports – through finance and skill sharing - 15 projects in the UK and abroad that conserveand protectsome of the world’s most endangered species.
  • In 2011 Bristol Zoo celebrated its 175th birthday. Over that past 175 years, the Zoo has brought six generations of Bristolians closer to wildlife, helped save over 175 species from extinction, established over 30 field conservation and research programmes all over the world, showed 40 million school-aged children the wonder of nature and given more than 90 million visitors a wonderful day out.
  • In 2010 Bristol Zoo Gardens set up a Conservation Fund to raise vital funds to help care for threatened animals and plants – both in the Zoo and through the conservation work we do in the UK and around the world.
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.