I currently live in one of the states going off to the Super Bowl. I used to work for one of the teams and while I have some memories (which, coincidentally, are some of the best stories I have and make for great icebreakers), I largely don’t care about football or most sports. However, in light of the World Cup and Paul the Octopus, many zoos are attempting to see whether their orangutans are capable of predicting the next big winner.
The above shows a clip of the orangutans at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, UT in 2009 picking the winners of that year’s Lombardi Trophy. This year, Inji of the Oregon Zoo and Alex of the Chaffee Zoo of California predict a Blitzburgh victory, while Baby Bob of the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina and Eli of the Hogle Zoo are both donning green and gold.
While it’s unlikely there’s any sort of actual legitimacy to the ability of these primates being able to determine the big winner, the orangutans received a great source of enrichment. The zoos were able to offer a fun way of reaching out to the community and get people interested in visiting the orangutans for events such as these, which may, in itself, be a form of enrichment to orangutans.