Zabiyaka goat from the Samara Zoo (855 kilometres southeast of Moscow) tried out the octopus Paul and predicted the winner of the 2018 World Cup, an event that Russia will host this summer.
After the death of Paul Octopus, star of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the goat Zabiyaka took over by guessing the winner of the 2018 World Cup to be held in June in Russia. The four-legged oracle was placed in front of six plates laid on the flag of six participating countries which are Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France and Russia.
Without hesitation, Zabiyaka headed for the Belgian flag plate, before eating a little in the one posed on the flag of France, according to rbth.com.
Did she mean that the two countries will compete in the final on July 15 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow? This remains for the moment a mystery.
Zabiyaka is a trustworthy oracle, she has already correctly predicted the outcome of recent friendly matches between Russia and Brazil.
“Zabiyaka is in the prime of life, she is going on her second birthday and she is ready to take on the honourable oracle mission of the 2018 Football World Cup,” said Chief Breeder Dmitry Kazandaev.
The World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in the 11 Russian cities Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, St Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi and Volgograd.