Japanese Macaques Choose the Hawks to Win

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Japanese Macaques Choose the Hawks to Win

Sep 6, 2012

Blank Park Zoo’s Japanese Macaques picked the Iowa Hawkeyes to win this year’s big rivalry game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. The monkeys picked the winner by paying more attention to a barrel with the Hawkeye logo on it rather than a Cyclone logo. In the five years Blank Park Zoo animals have predicted the winner, this is the first time they have predicted the Hawkeyes to win.

For Immediate Release
Blank Park Zoo’s Japanese Macaques picked the Iowa Hawkeyes to win this year’s big rivalry game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. The monkeys picked the winner by paying more attention to a barrel with the Hawkeye logo on it rather than a Cyclone logo. In the five years Blank Park Zoo animals have predicted the winner, this is the first time they have predicted the Hawkeyes to win.

Chad Comer, a curator at Blank Park Zoo described the pick as an ‘enrichment activities,’ that is an activity to help keep the animals active, stimulated and healthy. Every animal at the Zoo has a daily enrichment protocol.

Last year the monkeys correctly picked ISU to win the big game. In February, Papa the donkey correctly picked the winner of the Super Bowl.

For video of the pick, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPBK-JwDoA

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