Try as you might there’s no denying an England win, according to Drayton Manor’s mischievous meerkats! The playful mob formed a scrum and tackled the task of predicting the results of England’s opening game in the highly anticipated rugby World Cup.

The Zoo’s furriest residents have been busy inspecting the country’s flags for each head-to-head game and choosing which they think represents the winning team by scampering onto the relevant rock. When they’re unable to choose an out and out winner, they’ve clambered onto the middle ground in between the rocks, indicating a draw.

Joyce Roberts, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor said, “Our meerkats are really smart and always seem to be up to something! Jasmine our oldest meerkat is the most inquisitive and loves playing new games, we put two rocks for her to choose between representing England and Fiji and there was no hesitation in her decision!”

Joyce added, “However, despite Jasmine’s guesses, it’s Cleo the self-appointed female head of the mob, who has been leading the predictions. She’s taken a real shine to one of the rocks and it seems her predictions are firmly in England’s favour!”

The group’s prediction for the first game of the competition, England vs Fiji on Friday 18th September, is a win for the hosts England, however things take a turn for England’s second game as youngster Pip, who just turned one in May, confidently predicts a win for Wales!

The meerkats’ predictions continue – watch this space!

The 15-acre zoo is part of the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire and is home to a wide collection of creatures great and small including a pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, bouncing Red Kangaroos, cute Cotton Top Tamarins, fascinating reptiles and unusual Axolotls!

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join them on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

Please note: the park will be closed to the general public on Sunday 13th September.

If you would like the Drayton Manor meerkats to predict any specific games, please contact Sarah Taylor or Laura Quigley on 01527 579555 or email sarah@gough.co.uk / laura@gough.co.uk