The ‘Mystic Meerkats’ of Drusillas Park are back with their next Euros forecast, and they’re backing another England win in the squad’s crucial quarter-final game against Switzerland.

The Swiss team may have secured a shock win against Italy last week, but the group of ‘psychic’ meerkats at the Sussex Zoo believe England will triumph in Saturday’s match, to book their place in the Euros semi finals. However, the meerkats did show some interest in the Switzerland bucket too this time, showing that England could have a fight on their hands from the scrappy Swiss team.

The ‘Mystic Meerkats’ of Drusillas Park became an internet sensation in the last Men’s Euros in 2021, with a perfect prediction record, and keepers are hoping they maintain their winning streak, with another correct forecast for this weekend’s quarter-finals.

Sunday’s match against Slovakia could have had many fans doubting the Mystic Meerkat’s psychic abilities – but thanks to Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane’s last-gasp goals, the meerkat’s prediction was proved right once again.

The special method involves two buckets of nuts (a favourite meerkat snack), each with a team’s flag on. The buckets are placed down before the meerkats are released and left to choose which bucket they would prefer to eat from. The bucket surrounded by the most meerkats is then declared the predicted winner.

The meerkats most definitely gave the Swiss bucket a good deal of attention too when making their forecast. Perhaps suggesting that the Lions could be in for another nail-biting match tomorrow!

Although it might seem a strange activity for meerkats, the activity forms part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme, which makes sure all the animals enjoy a diverse diet in imaginative and unusual ways. The activities encourage them to think and work for their food, like they would in the wild – and it’s now become a bit of a tradition at the zoo and the meerkats run over excitedly when they see the buckets.

Senior Keeper Sasha Ede said: “It seemed like the meerkats could have got their prediction wrong last week, but then the England squad came through when we really needed them to. It just goes to show, you shouldn’t doubt the ‘Mystic Meerkats’ psychic powers!”

Sasha continued: “It seems like the meerkats think the England team might have a fight on their hands from Switzerland, as they definitely showed some interest in the Swiss bucket too. We think this late move towards the Swiss bucket might signify some drama at the end of the match.

So, it looks like the England team might have us on the edge of our seats again on Saturday! But the meerkats do so seem sure England will walk away with another victory when the final whistle blows. As big football fans, we’re all rooting for the England team and hoping they win as the meerkats have predicted.”

Keepers have everything crossed the meerkats are correct and England will be celebrating a win on Saturday and book their spot in the Euros semi-finals.