CURLY the Sheep has predicted a rough ride for the England football team as they push for European glory.
The Swaledale ram, who was found abandoned near Queen’s Drive in Ossett and rehomed at the Roleystone sanctuary in Shipley, has forecast a win for Sweden tonight, after already successfully predicting Monday’s opening draw against France.
But he also predicted a victory for England in their final group match against Ukraine on Tuesday, which would hopefully be enough to take the team into the knock-out stages.
When presented with an image of a Viking and another of St George slaying a dragon yesterday, Curly moved towards the Viking.
But in his second prediction the ram seemed more enamoured with a photograph of Wayne Rooney than Ukrainian talisman Andriy Shevchenko, who has already scored twice in this year’s competition.
During the World Cup in 2010, an octopus named Paul living in an aquarium in Germany used his feeding habits to successfully predict the outcomes of all seven of Germany’s matches and the final.
Roleystone’s chairwoman of trustees Dianne French said Curly made his predictions over his lunch yesterday.
She said: “Generally if you present him with two pictures he will choose his favourite.”
Curly’s carers helped him to set up a Facebook account this week, and he has already attracted friends from as far as Australia.
And Ms French said he was due to be shorn this weekend.
She said: “He might not like it but the person doing it knows what they are doing with sheep.”
Curly is looked after by several volunteers at the sanctuary, who also care for horses and other sheep.
He narrowly escaped an arson attack in which a caravan was destroyed last month, but police announced last week that they were following “positive leads” into the incident.