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Zoo has meerkat leaders in World Cup punditry!

IT CAN'T be a meer fluke... Many laughed when Drayton Manor Zoo claimed its meerkats had mystic World Cup powers. They're not laughing now!

The pundits with paws have, to date, a 100 per cent success rate when it comes to predicting winning teams in Russia.

Whisper it, but yesterday the pack picked England to beat Panama - every single one of them.

The selection process is simple. Keepers place mealworm footballs between two mini goalpost, carrying the flags of the teams. Snacks are also sprinkled in a "draw" zone.

Whichever goal the animals dribble their mealworm treats into will win the game.

Chris Mitchell, head of zoo operations at Drayton Manor, near Tamworth, said: "We're very impressed with our meerkats so far as they continue with their impressive sporting predictions.

"We've put their intuitions to the test again for another set of matches and have given them even more animal enrichment to enjoy.

"It is amazing to watch them dribble the ball full of mealworms into the winning team's net.

"We can't wait to see if they're right about the next two matches."

To date, the psychic meerkats successfully predicted the opening game victory for host nation Russia, England's nail-biting win over Tunisia and even gave warning of Croatia's upset over Argentina.

Today, England have received the meerkats backing.

And they've also picked Uruguay to beat Russia tomorrow.

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Date:Jun 24, 2018
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