Kapiti Observer : September 22nd 2011
5 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 Woolly seer a good yarn Psychic sheep: The Terris family from France are hoping to influence Sonny ''psychic'' Wool's prediction for the All Blacks v France game tomorrow. From left, Raphael Terris, Adele Terris, Honey the dog, Hugo Terris, Sophie Terris and Beverley Dowling, holding Sonny Wool. By TANYA WOOD Manakau's Sonny Wool, the psychic sheep, is aiming to make it three out of three when he predicts who will win the Rugby World Cup All Black-France clash tomorrow night. The three-year-old suffolk- romney cross, originally from Dannevirke, successfully picked the All Blacks beating Tonga and Japan, but tomorrow's result could see the ovine clairvoyant'' elev- ated to international heights alongside German octopus Paul, who picked the winning teams in last year's football world cup. Sonny Baa Woolleyams, or Sonny Wool for short, has his own Facebook page, logo, website and even his own media manager, Dan Boyd. Mr Boyd said he had heard about Sonny Wool's ability to predict rain as a lamb. With the world cup coming up, he thought: Let's bring him out and try and make him world famous.'' The plan seems to be work- ing, with Sonny Wool's predictions going global, picked up by BBC World News, United States and Japanese television, and even on the front page of the Syd- ney Morning Herald, not to mention a personal appear- ance on TVNZ's Good Morning programme. Part of the Zippity Zoo mobile farm petting zoo owned by Beverley Dowling, which travels to schools, kindergartens and rest homes, Sonny Wool and his predictions have been a big hit with young and old alike. A flag from each country is placed under a bowl of special sheep treats and straw, and both bowls are rattled simul- taneously to get Sonny's attention. Whatever bowl the prescient sheep tucks into, is the winning'' team. A dyed-in-the-wool All Blacks supporter, with a custom-made All Blacks T-shirt from Adidas, Sonny Wool only predicts results for the national team. It's all about putting a smile on people's faces, especially the kids, which makes it all worthwhile. And Sonny Wool seems to be enjoying the attention as well,'' Mr Boyd said. Ms Dowling said Sonny Wool stays at a neighbour's most of the week so there is no special training'' or coaching'' going on, but tomorrow's prediction, due to take place at Titahi Bay Playcentre, will be his most important yet. French tourists Raphael Terris, wife Sophie, and chil- dren Hugo, 10, and Adele, 7, staying with Ms Dowling, at the start of a nine-month WOOF (Willing workers on organic farms) holiday, think it is very funny there is so much media frenzy around Sonny Wool, but are enjoying the crazy fun''. Mrs Terris said they plan to go to Titahi Bay with the petting zoo, and take a rooster from Ms Dowling's farm with them. It might help support a French decision,'' she said. Sonny Wool's prediction will be on sonnywool.co.nz tomorrow.
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