In Election Prediction Twist, Galapagos Tortoise Chooses Love Over Politics

Hugo, a Galapagos tortoise at Australian Reptile Park, has a good record predicting the winners of elections and sporting results. But ahead of this year’s federal election, the fate of the nation remained unclear as Hugo chose love over politics.

Hugo “the oracle” was presented with two plates of leafy greens, one representing Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the other opposition leader Anthony Albanese. The 71-year-old tortoise, who has seen 16 Australian prime ministers in his lifetime, initially made his way towards Morrison but then took a sharp turn towards Albanese.

But in a surprising turn of events, Hugo ultimately bypassed both plates food and headed straight for Estrella, the female Galapagos tortoise at the park. The pair shared a special treat of sweet potato together.

Head reptile keeper Jake Meney said, “For a moment there, it looked like he had made his choice but when he saw Estrella, I knew it was all over. When he sees her, something just comes over him and he can’t resist!”

“I guess it’s just too close to call for the election this weekend and Hugo’s chosen love over politics,” Meney said. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful

Video Transcript

- The Federal election is on this weekend. And Hugo, the Galapagos tortoise, is going to make one of his famous predictions. We call him Hugo, The Oracle. And he's predicted the winners of past elections and even the outcome of sporting grand finals. Let's see if he can predict who will be our next prime minister.

For a moment there, it looked like he'd made his choice. But when he saw Estrella, I knew it was all over. When he sees her, something just comes over him, and he can't resist.