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CONTACT: John Bergmann, General Manager
January 7, 2009
Princess Season Standings, 15 and 3 Camel Predicts Giants Over Eagles for Sunday Game
LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Who will win Sunday’s NFC playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants?
Sorry, Eagles fans. Princess the Camel says the Giants will take the regional grudge match. And this year, she’s pretty much had the final word.
This longtime resident of Associated Humane Societies Popcorn Park Refuge has correctly picked the winners of 14 out of 17 NFL games this season. Last week, she also was right when she picked the Eagles over the Vikings in post-season play.
“This is Princess’s third year of picking teams. She’s always had an edge, but this year is unbelievable,” said John Bergmann Popcorn Park Refuge General Manager. “No human can predict, no computer can calculate winners with such accuracy.”
Princess can’t read the stats. She’s never met the experts or played football, and she certainly doesn’t make book. Princess’s picks are driven solely on her love of graham crackers.
Early each week, Bergmann writes on his hands the names of two teams competing in a weekend or Monday night game. Princess, whose favorite snack at game time or anytime is graham crackers, makes her game choice by eating the sweet treat from the hand that has the name of her favorite team written on it.
Bergmann then announces Princess’s pick on the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Refuge website, www.ahscares.org, a few days before the game – usually on Tuesdays -- and also keeps a running tally of her wins and losses on the site as well.
To know Princess and her elegant history, one would never think she would delight in football pools. Princess was once a beloved pet of Doris Duke, who raised Princess and her sister Babe from youngsters. The pair had their own barn, which was like a mansion, and they were taken on summer vacation with Mrs. Duke to her estate in Rhode Island. If the weather became inclement, Princess and Babe were put up in the solarium.
After this devoted animal lover passed away, her camels were still kept on her estate. Babe passed away several years ago, leaving just Princess. Princess's caretaker was about to retire to Connecticut. When it looked like she had nowhere to go, AHS took her in to the Popcorn Park Refuge, where the gentle, friendly camel has happily made her home.
When Princess is not working her football magic, she is enjoying refuge visitors, along with the hundreds of other animals who call Popcorn Park Refuge “home.” Popcorn Park Refuge was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife, exotic and domestic animals that are sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured. The federally licensed refuge houses more than 200 of these animals and birds in spacious surroundings on seven acres in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens.
Popcorn Park Refuge is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on West Lacey Road, just seven miles from Exit 74 on the Garden State Parkway. For directions or information, call 609-693-1900. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children under 12.