Achilles the cat trains for role as World Cup psychic
Achilles has one advantage over other fans trying to predict results of the 2018 World Cup in Russia: cat sense
Saint Petersburg: Like many football fans trying to predict the results of the World Cup, Achilles is busy studying the teams heading to Russia this month for the sport’s biggest global showdown. But he has one advantage: cat sense.
The furry white feline, who lives in Saint 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 has some big shoes—or tentacles—to fill: predecessor Paul the octopus became an international celebrity when at the 2010 World Cup he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany’s games and picked eventual winners Spain.
One of the many cats to have lived at the Hermitage, once the imperial Winter Palace, Achilles previously predicted outcomes during the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Achilles is deaf, meaning he will not be easily distracted by waiting journalists when he makes his predictions by choosing between two bowls of food, each bearing a team flag. For his training, Achilles, dressed in a red football jersey, looks at a chart of the teams and game schedules, before, slightly reluctantly, moving onto an exercise wheel.
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