Meet Pip the goat – Gloucestershire’s answer to mystic fortune teller Paul the Octopus whose uncanny ability to predict football scores shot him to celebrity stardom at the 2010 World Cup.
One-year-old Pip is being tipped to perform a similar role in predicting how England will fare at this summer’s sporting showpiece in Brazil.
The Bagot goat, who lives at Cotswold Farm Park, will be honing her clairvoyant skills by predicting Cheltenham Town’s results for the remainder of their League Two season.
To make her predictions she will have three bowls of feed to choose from; her choice indicating what result she thinks will come to pass.
She has started off by foreseeing a draw in the Robins’ home clash with Accrington Stanley this Saturday.
Jenni Powner-Jones, marketing manager at Cotswold Farm Park, said staff were excited by Pip’s potential.
“It’s exciting to think Pip might end up being as famous as Paul the Octopus,” she said.
“We haven’t seen any evidence of her psychic skills yet, but she has got plenty of time to work on them between now and the World Cup next summer.
“She didn’t hesitate at all with this week’s Cheltenham Town result – she went straight for the draw so it shows she is confident in what she is doing.
“We’ll watch with interest to see how she gets on over the coming weeks.”