Bonsai Picks Hamlin

Bonsai the Binturong selects Denny Hamlin to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

  The season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 race may be taking place this Sunday, but South Florida got a taste of Vegas when Zoo Miami’s “Bonsai,” a binturong, became the official Zoo Miami “Wildlife Prognosticator,” picking the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.

  Choosing from the four cars of Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, Bonsai had a tough decision to make as to who he thought would take home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. After thorough consideration, Bonsai picked the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin to take home the Championship.

  Bonsai is a unique animal found in the tall forests of Asia that can reach a weight of close to 50 pounds. They are primarily arboreal and are excellent climbers feeding on a variety of small mammals, birds, insects and fruits. Commonly called a “bear cat,” they have thick black fur and a long prehensile tail with sharp claws. They are active both day and night and give off a scent that smells very much like popcorn. Their biggest threat in the wild is habitat destruction due to deforestation.

  Homestead-Miami Speedway will host Ford Championship Weekend this weekend (Nov. 14-16). The champion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be decided at this year’s Ford EcoBoost 400, which will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are still available for the Ford EcoBoost 200 and the Ford EcoBoost 300, while a limited number remain for the Ford EcoBoost 400.  For more information on tickets, call 305-230-5255 or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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