Achilles the cat, who is being touted as the official oracle of FIFA World Cup 2018, has predicted that Russian Federation will beat Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday.
An "official oracle" has spoken - or eaten, technically - and predicted victory for Russian Federation.
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"We went for Achilles because he is lovely, first of all, but also because - like all white cats with blue eyes - he is deaf, so he has a great deal of intuition, he sees with his heart", said Anna Kasatkina, a vet who oversees guard-cats at Saint Petersburg's Hermitage museum. He's been training hard as an official animal psychic.
Achilles is a white cat who lives in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum - one of about 50 to 70 cats tasked with catching rats in the museum's basement, Tass says.
Museum veterinarian Anna Kondratyeva told The Associated Press that he "loves his motherland and couldn't vote otherwise".
The cat follows in the tentacle-prints of Paul the Octopus who became a star in 2010 after predicting winners for that year´s World Cup by choosing one out of two boxes containing food.
Another U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said British security agencies have issued similar warnings to the British public and the England football team, which is competing for the World Cup.
He's deaf, which in this case is an asset as it "lets him better concentrate" without the distraction of people talking and camera noise during his press appearances. More than 1,000 miles to the east in the city of Yekaterinburg, Spartak the lemur picked Saudi Arabia as the victor, Sky Sports reports.