World Cup kicks off in Russia with curious ‘psychic cat’ ceremony

World Cup kicks off in Russia with curious ‘psychic cat’ ceremony
Achilles the psychic cat evaluates the situation in his World Cup debut. (Image: Screen grab of ESPN UK video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Clearly an underutilized capability, if the cat has been as successful as suggested.]

A Russian cat reputed to have psychic powers has predicted the result of the first game of the World Cup.

Achilles, whose day job is catching mice at the St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, plumped for his home nation of Russia, who play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament today.

The feline garnered a reputation as a psychic last summer by predicting a number of results correctly in the Confederations Cup, which was also held in Russia. …

The cat was offered two bowls of food with the flags of two nations over each. He initially hesitated for a moment before eating from the one representing his motherland.

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