Mystic madness: A guide to the psychic animals predicting Euro 2012
Psychic animals are quickly becoming as prevalent a part of major international tournaments as the French having a strop, England being useless and a begrudging admiration for the Germans as the tournament goes on.
It all started with an octopus at the World Cup two years ago. Paul (as he was affectionately known) became a global superstar when he correctly predicted all of Germany’s games, plus a win for Spain in the final against the Netherlands.
Making his predictions from the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul became an institution. Someone actually bothered to trace his family tree so that it could be proved he was of English decent. There was also a song. It was also worldwide news when he died in October 2010.
Since his passing, something which it was cruelly noted he didn’t see coming, others have followed in his inky trail. At Euro 2012 we will see animals of all shapes and sizes predicting the outcome of the matches.
We have the unimaginatively named Paulus, who was born in Germany but resides in an aquarium in Portugal.
There is Citta, an elephant in Poland’s Krakow Zoo who picks her teams by choosing a mango placed over the three possible outcomes of a match.
There’s another elephant, based in Holland, called Nelly. She’s predicted Germany will beat Portugal in their opening game.
Ukraine, co-hosting this summer’s tournament with Poland has Fred the ferret in Kharkiv and a pig called Funtik in Kiev.
On these shores we have Nicholas the llama. Nicholas predicted Chelsea would win the Champions League from his home in East Sussex. Meanwhile a German sausage dog called Sissi backed Bayern Munich in that match – so any future predictions from Sissi should be backed with caution.
The latest animals professing to possess psychic powers have emerged in Singapore. Two fish predicted the opening match between Poland and Greece. One went for a draw, the other Poland. I predict both won’t be right.
Watch Singapore’s psychic fish below…Tagged in: euro 2012, football, Paul the Octopus
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