No Bones About It: Meet 16 Animal Psychics
Noodle the pug is the latest in a long line of adorable animal psychics. While he tells you what type of day he thinks you'll have, other animals have predicted events in sports and entertainment, and have even solved a crime or two.
Check out some wild and domesticated animals who have a knack for predicting the future!
Noodle the Pug
Location: New York, New York
Years active: 2021
Predictions by Noodle the Pug
What kind of day do you think you'll have? There are many ways to find out, but the cutest way is through Noodle the pug, owned by New York City resident Jonathan Graziano. Nearly every day, Graziano and Noodle let us know if we're going to have a "bones day," through a game he calls "No Bones" via TikTok.
If Noodles wakes up with bones (i.e., he sits straight up instead of flopping back down) after Graziano picks him up, then it's a "bones day," a day in which we can indulge ourselves in whatever makes us happy. If the senior pug immediately goes back to sleep, we should all probably lay low, practice self-care and "wear soft pants today."
Rollo the German Shepherd Puppy
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Years active: 2021
Predictions by Rollo the German Shepherd Puppy
Nathan Ryles and Tori Stevens gave their 10-month-old German Shepherd puppy the opportunity to take part in their gender reveal. He ran to the blue balloon and popped it, cementing the decision that he was having a little brother.
The couple welcomed their son in June 2021.
Oscar the Cat
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Years active: 2005 – Present
Predictions by Oscar the Cat
Oscar is indeed adorable, but you may not want a visit from him. The resident nursing home cat at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, Oscar has been known to predict the deaths of the residents there.
Normally aloof, the cat will nap next to residents who pass away within two hours of his visit. He has become so prolific that staffers began calling family members of those he visited to let them know they could come and say goodbye.
By 2015, Oscar had predicted over 100 deaths, and he continues to do so on daily basis. Some believe he's reacting to the smell of a person before or during death, while others believe he's picked up on that patient's stillness.
Suzie the Psychic Pig
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Years active: NA – Present
Predictions by Suzie the Pig
If Suzie the Psychic Pig laid money down on her predictions, she'd be a rich sow. By eating out of a bucket labeled with what she believed to be the winning soccer team in the Euro 2020 soccer matches, she predicted wins for England five out of seven times.
Suzie's owners at Ouseburn Farm hope to have her placing her bets at the next World Cup.
Location: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Years active: 1886 – Present
Predictions by Punxsutawney Phil
The original animal prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil has been forecasting the weather every Groundhog's Day for over a century. Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, greets thousands of spectators who attend a festival to celebrate the moment Phil emerges from his Gobbler's Knob tree stump to tell us how much longer winter will last.
If he sees his shadow, another six weeks of winter is certain; if he does not, there will be an early spring. While there are other groundhogs that make this prediction around the country, Phil's handlers say, "The others are just impostors."
Dallas Zoo Lion Cubs
Location: Dallas, Texas
Years active: 2021
Predictions by the Dallas Zoo Lion Cubs
Dallas Zoo lion cubs Izwi, Ilola and Tadala placed their bets in the 2021 Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
They had a choice between two ice cakes — one featured Tampa Bay's colors and the other had Kansas City's colors. The cubs ate from the Kansas City Chiefs, predicting that team would win. The prediction was wrong, but we hope they get another crack at it!
Gambit the Harbor Seal
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Years active: 2021
Predictions by Gambit the Harbor Seal
Sports, particularly Super Bowls, are favorite bets of zoo and aquarium animals. Gambit, a harbor seal from the Riverbanks Zoo, also wanted a piece of the action in the 2021 Super Bowl.
Zookeepers threw two balls into his enclosure, one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo and the other with the Chiefs logo. Gambit, who has a fin to the ground when it comes to his favorite sport, made the right bet. Tampa Bay took home the trophy.
Fiona the Hippo
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Years active: 2017 – Present
Predictions by Fiona the Hippo
Fiona's been famous for as long as she can remember. The tiny hippo first captured our hearts back in 2017, as the first Nile hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 75 years.
Now an adult, she makes the occasional wager and has placed her bets in a few Super Bowls. Her most memorable was vomiting on food embellished with her 2020 Super Bowl pick, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite the mess, Fiona foreshadowed their win against the San Francisco 49ers in that game.
Buyan the Bear
Location: Irkutsk, Russia
Years active: 2020
Predictions by Buyan the Bear
Animals don't only predict sporting events — they also predict elections. Buyan, a Siberian bear, was joined by two tigers, Khan, a white Bengal, and Bartek, an Amur, to make a prediction on the American election of 2020.
The first watermelon they ate with the candidate's face carved on it would be the winner. It was unanimous — they all went for the Biden watermelon, and their prediction turned out to be the correct one.
Oregon Zoo Hedgehogs
Location: Portland, Oregon
Years active: Present
Predictions by the Oregon Zoo Hedgehogs
Hedgehog Day is the same day as Groundhog Day, and it is alleged that hedgehogs have the same ability to predict spring as groundhogs do. In fact, the Oregon Zoo has stated that they actually have better odds.
"The zoo's hedgehogs have fared slightly better than Punxsutawney Phil — which admittedly is not that great," according to the zoo's hedgehog keeper, Tanya Paul.
Punxsutawney Phil's is about 39 percent accurate in his weather predictions, while the zoo's hedgehogs are about 53 percent accurate. Those are not exactly the greatest odds, but we like watching them wager!
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Years active: 2008 – 2018
Predictions by Sonny Wool
Prognosticating isn't for the faint of heart, as any psychic sheep will tell you. Take Sonny Wool, for example. In 2011, he predicted the outcome of the Rugby World Cup. His selections for New Zealand's matches in the semi-finals were correct, but he was wrong about the other three quarter-finals.
Due to his prediction missteps, he started receiving death threats on his social media pages and was under 24/7 security watch. Nevertheless, he lived a long, healthy life and passed away due to natural causes in 2020.
Heidi the Opossum
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Years active: 2011
Predictions by Heidi the Opossum
At the peak of her prophesying, Heidi brought her talents from her home at Germany's Leipzig Zoo to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" where she made a series of Oscar predictions.
She predicted the winners of three categories but missed one prediction — that of best picture. Nevertheless, she remained popular with people around the world due to her adorable and usual crossed eyes — she inspired songs, a line of merch and a Facebook page with almost 300,000 followers.
Lazdeika the Crab
Years active: 2011– 2012
Predictions by Lazdeika the Crab
Even sea creatures can sometimes get in on the betting action. Lazdeika, a rainbow crab, who hailed from Lithuania, was used by the Delfi web portal to predict how the country's national basketball team would fair in the EuroBasket 2011, which he would do by choosing a flag-adorned coconut to take shelter in.
Lazdeika also predicted the country's team's wins in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and that year's Olympics. He was right a majority of the time in all three events.
Paul the Octopus
Location: Oberhausen, Germany
Years active: 2008 – 2010
Predictions by Paul the Octopus
Paul the Octopus came to fame for his extremely accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup. He, too, was presented with boxes of food with different team flags on both — whichever he ate first would be the winner.
Paul chose all seven of the World Cup matches in 2010 and died just a few weeks later at 2.5 years old.
Maggie the Monkey
Location: Ontario, Canada
Years active: 2003 – 2008
Predictions by Maggie the Monkey
Maggie the Monkey, a crab-eating macaque, became a minor celebrity due to her luck with National Hockey League predictions.
She was hired by Canada's TSN studios to spin a wheel for her hockey team favorites in five seasons of playoffs. She did pretty well with her predictions until the novelty wore off for audiences, and her abilities started to wane.
She retired in 2009 at age 18 and was replaced by a lemur.
Lady Wonder the Horse
Location: Richmond, Virgina
Years active: 1924 – 1957
Predictions by Lady Wonder the Horse
Lady Wonder made predictions on everything from presidential elections to criminal investigations. For over three decades, she answered questions from thousands of people.
Lady spelled out her answers with blocks her trainer taught her to use, and when she outgrew them, a typewriter built for a horse was used. Her tricks were so uncanny that she gained a following across the country and even helped in missing child investigations, in which she accurately located the children's bodies.
It was even said she predicted her own death, saying she would die at 30. She was close — she died at 33.