Psychic 'Sonny Wool' tips ABs

2011-09-09 09:21

Wellington - A rugby-mad sheep touted as the world's latest animal psychic picked the All Blacks to win their opening Rugby World Cup match on Friday, in New Zealand's answer to the late, great Paul the Octopus.

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The sheep, named "Sonny Wool" after All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, chose to munch on hay under a New Zealand flag rather than another container with the flag of Tonga, delighting a small crowd of onlookers in suburban Wellington.

Sonny Wool, who was wearing a custom-made black jersey, hesitated slightly before going for the New Zealand hay, in a prediction that appears highly likely to be borne out in the opening World Cup match later on Friday.

"It sniffed around Tonga and then it walked to New Zealand, with a bit of coaxing from the crowd," an onlooker said. "It would have been in the oven if it chose Tonga, so it chose wisely," he joked.

Now Sonny Wool, who is three years old and was born in Dannevirke, will hope to follow in the multiple footsteps of the world-renowned Paul, who correctly tipped the result of eight matches at last year's football World Cup in South Africa.

Dan Boyd, Sonny Wool's "agent", said the sheep had demonstrated mystical qualities from a young age and enjoys chasing rugby balls in his pen.

"Sonny Wool could predict when it was going to rain, and tap on the door to get inside," Boyd said.

In the short time since Paul's emergence - and death last October - the world has seen a host of imitators, including an avowedly clairvoyant crocodile in Australia and China's Bo Si, the "psychic" panda.

However, Sonny Wool's first prediction has a strong chance of coming true with the All Blacks winning all three previous games against Tonga by an average of 74 points.

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  • Tools1 - 2011-09-09 09:28

    "It would have been in the oven if it chose Tonga" he choked.

  • BLAP - 2011-09-09 09:32

    Hmmm..sheep shaggers?..that sheep is going to go crazy when it has to select between Australia and New Zealand.

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-09-09 09:34

    This is so retarded

      Zip23 - 2011-09-09 09:38

      True, but be glad for the animal, and all his brothers and sisters. Remember how the Chinese stopped eating dog for the olympics? Guess what the people from the land of the long white cloud wont be doing to their sheep for the next eight weeks?

  • Zip23 - 2011-09-09 09:34

    Well, at least he wont be violated for the next eight weeks. With the media attention and all.

  • Shistirrer - 2011-09-09 09:42

    SBW's love child?

      Suckerz - 2011-09-09 10:02

      Family resemblance Mate!

  • Percy Ying - 2011-09-09 09:43

    Gee....picking btw NZ and Tonga.... so hard to foresee the winner.... thats like asking who's going to win a boxing match btw Mike Tyson and Justin Bieber....

      Zip23 - 2011-09-09 09:45

      Or Iron Mike vs Sonny Bill

  • Vimalin Moodley - 2011-09-09 09:52

    Baaaaaaaad sheep

  • brok3news - 2011-09-09 10:12

    Only because locals threatened to molest Sonny Wool.

  • Morne - 2011-09-09 10:12

    Yip...difficult one to chose between Aussies and NZ Land.....the sheep will have to decide who is best...

  • TheVoice - 2011-09-09 10:14


  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-09 13:56

    Where did they get the khakibos that they put into the Tonga hay? Cheaters! Wonder what the onlookers said to the poor sheep to 'encourage' him? "Hey, Beloved, if you eat that Tonga hay, we'll have a braai tonight. Guess who is going to supply the meat?" Bullies!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-09 14:12

    ¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸ ...¸.¤\ \¸.. B O K K E ! ,.,\ .\¸.¤*¨¨*¤ .¸¸.¸.¤* ..\ ?/ /¦ / \ Rugby World Cup 2011 !!! Keep the flag going..**

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