This psychic octopus correctly predicts Japan’s World Cup results

Virginia Santiago
July 4, 2018

A "psychic" octopus that correctly predicted the results of all three of Japan's soccer World Cup group stage games has been killed and sent to market, just as the knockout stages of the tournament get underway, according to Japanese media.

The mollusc, named Rabio, chose the winners of Japan's matches during an experiment in a paddling pool.

But the predictions came to an end after the fisherman who bought Rabiot made a decision to sell him for food just before the knockout stage.

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It is not known whether the replacement octopus predicted the result correctly, although it is certain that it will meet a similar fate to Rabiot.

Rabio, a giant Pacific octopus, went on to rack up a ideal record by also predicting Japan's draw with Senegal and their defeat to Poland as they narrowly qualified as runners-up in their group. Wherever "Rabio" (or Rabiot, as some outlets have it) swam first was considered the creature's prediction.

The eight-armed mollusk proceeded to correctly predict Japan would defeat Colombia, draw with Senegal and lose to Poland - thrusting it into national spotlight.

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Rabiot's owner and local fisherman Kisuo Abe told Mainichi that he was happy Rabiot correctly predicted all three of Japan's group matches, adding that he hoped the '"second Rabiot can help Japan go all the way".

Paul the Octopus was the first in a series of animal prophets to predict World Cup results, correctly backing Spain to win the tournament in 2010.

Paul passed peacefully in his aquarium in 2012, aged two.

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