Having already committed my Oscar predictions to print (they
will appear in next Thursday's "Phoenix"), I feel
a sickening surge of anxiety reading this article about Heidi, the cross-eyed
opossum, in the Leipzig Zoo. Like her late colleague Paul
the Psychic Octopus from
the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, who picked Spain to win the World Cup last
year, Heidi is also reputed to have a talent for predicting the outcome of
contests, in this case the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait
until February 27 when Jimmy Kimmel will interview Heidi as part of his pre-ceremony
Oscar TV show to learn her predictions.
Exactly what method Heidi will use to determine her choices is
unclear (Paul selected a mussel from boxes labeled with the flags of contending
teams). Perhaps more information about this might be available for those with
knowledge of German on Heidi's Facebook page, "Heidi, das schielende Opposum."
By the way, what is it about animals whose name begins with the
letter "O" that grants them the gift of prophecy? I'd advise all ostriches,
ocelots, and oryxes, especially those currently in German zoos, to get their
agents on the case right away.