Remember Paul the octopus who became an international celebrity when at the 2010 World Cup he correctly forecast the outcome of Germany’s games and picked eventual winners Spain? Well this year we have a Fury white feline named Achilles to fill in his shoes.
Achilles is currently busy studying the teams heading to Russia this month for the sport’s biggest global showdown which kicks off in just nine days.
Achilles who lives in St Petersburg’s Hermitage museum, is being touted as a cat psychic who will predict the winners and losers of this year’s games.
Achilles is deaf a fact that is being reported as an advantage since he will not be distracted by noise.
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.
“Achilles is now in his place of work, he is preparing for the World Cup and going through the adaptation process,” veterinarian Anna Kondratieva
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