When it comes to FIFA World Cup predictions, many think of Paul the octopus from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, who accurately guessed the outcome of all eight German matches.
For the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia has their own soothsayer they are hoping will rival Paul’s record—Achilles, a stunning white cat with blue eyes. As Reuters reports, “The furry white feline, who lives in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum, is being touted as a cat psychic who will predict the winners and losers of the tournament kicking off in Russia in two weeks.”
Achilles is actually a deaf cat. And while some may think that this is a disadvantage, his supporters believe it gives him a distinct advantage. While many other animals might get distracted by the chaotic and noisy crowds of spectators and journalists watching his predictions, Achilles can hone his cat senses without distraction while making his selections. He will make predictions by choosing between two bowls of food that each bear a team flag.
Reuters reports that, “For his training, Achilles, dressed in a red soccer jersey, looks at a chart of the teams and game schedules, before, slightly reluctantly, moving onto an exercise wheel.”
The exercise wheel is part of Achilles’ strict exercise and diet regime to get him in peak physical condition for the spotlight that is sure to shine on him during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Achilles has already established a pretty strong track record, with correct predictions during the 2017 Confederations Cup, so people believe he has what it takes to be the next big soothsayer for the FIFA World Cup.
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