Crocodile Dirty Harry tips Oz PM to win elections

A crocodile that picked the winner of the soccer World Cup has predicted Julia Gillard will be re-elected.

Written by Associated Press | Darwin | Published:August 20, 2010 3:17 pm

A crocodile that picked the winner of the soccer World Cup has predicted Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be re-elected.

The saltwater croc named Dirty Harry made his choice in his enclosure in the northern city of Darwin when he snatched a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Gillard. The chicken of the Opposition leader Tony Abbott was left hanging.

Analysts say the elections on Saturday could be the closest contest since 1961 when a single seat decided who governed.

The crocodile used a similar technique to correctly predict that Spain would defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup last month. He joined an octopus named Paul in Germany,said to have correctly picked the winner for the final plus seven other games.

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