Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

'Psychic' World Cup Octopus Killed and Sold for Meat

'Psychic' World Cup Octopus Killed and Sold for Meat

Rabiot correctly guessed that Japan would win against Colombia, lose against Poland and draw with Senegal.

Well, before each game, Rabio was placed into a pool with three baskets of food; one representing a Japan victory, one representing a Japan defeat, and a third basket which signified a draw.

Arguably the most famous was another Octopus, Paul, who called the right outcome of eight matches during the 2010 tournament from his tank at the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium in Germany. Despite losing to the Poles, Japan advanced courtesy of the fact that its players had received fewer cautions during the three group stage games.

Rabio the octopus had become the latest animal to be heralded with football fortune-telling powers after it was caught by fisherman in the town of Obira, in Hokkaido, on the day of the Samurai Blues' opening game against Colombia.

Well with Japan out of the World Cup, there seems hardly any need for Rabio now.

All three predictions came true.

Japan will face title contenders Belgium on Monday and although this World Cup has been full of surprises, perhaps getting slaughtered was Rabiot's way of predicting the outcome of the match.

Rabiot is not the first octopus to predict World Cup results.

The invertebrate was sent to market before Japan's 1-0 loss to Poland on Thursday, a result that enabled the Asian country to just reach the knockout round.

Japanese media reported that the fisherman who had caught the octopus had decided that his business was more important than keeping the octopus alive.

Few would have predicted Japan's journey to the 2018 Russia World Cup round of 16 but it appears they have their own psychic animal to thank.

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