A humble Queenstown sheepdog is tipped to follow football oracle Paul the Octopus to fame.
At the recent World Cup in South Africa, the psychic German sea creature stunned fans worldwide with his ability to correctly predict the outcome of all of Germany’s games – wins and losses.
The octopus chose between identical tasty snacks placed in two boxes, marked with national flags, in a fish tank.
Now Jo the collie, owned by Dalefield farmer Chris Dagg, could do the same for New Zealand at next year’s Rugby World Cup – by sniffing out cuts of meat put in plastic buckets.
The seven-year-old pooch correctly forecast that the All Blacks would beat the Wallabies in their past two Tri Nations meetings while appearing on TV3’s Campbell Live.
In the knockout telly competition, Jo has already seen off other psychic wannabes including an eel, a magpie and a kea that all bowed out after failing to guess the right results.
Queenstown’s mystic mutt is still up against Shrek the sheep, a kune kune pig and a tui – all battling to be crowned NZ’s top rugby tipster for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Jo has controversially opted for the Springboks to beat the All Blacks in this weekend’s Tri Nations match in Johannesburg – as will be revealed on Campbell Live tomorrow night.
Dagg says he’s worried because he knows some furious German fans threatened to cook and eat Paul the Octopus when he correctly predicted Germany would lose to Serbia and Spain in football’s World Cup.
“I hope I don’t get the same sort of threats about Jo,” Dagg says.