World Cup 2014: Animal "Oracles" From Around The World Predict Match Outcomes

 @neato_itsdennis on June 13 2014 3:07 PM
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    The armadillo called Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches the soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in the western city of Muenster June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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    Archerfish predict Japan's victory in their 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast by hitting the plate coated with their bait and written with the word "Win", with powerful jets of water shot from their mouths, at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo June 13, 2014. Japan will play against Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup soccer match on Saturday. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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    Two-year-old African penguin named Aochan, wearing the Japanese soccer team jersey, prepares to make a prediction on the result of Japan's 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo June 13, 2014. Japan will play against Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup soccer match on Saturday. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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    An octopus named Hacchan predicts Japan's victory in their 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast by choosing the mock goal with the Japanese national flag, at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo June 13, 2014. Japan will play against Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup soccer match on Saturday. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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    Giant panda Ying Mei approaches a box of food with the Brazilian flag on it during an event called "Panda Predicts World Cup Results", ahead of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia, in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, June 12, 2014. Picture taken June 12, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily
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Paul the Octopus, Germany's tried and true soccer "oracle" was a huge hit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but sadly he passed away in 2010. 

As much as Paul is missed, there isn't a shortage of animal oracles for this year's World Cup. Brazil's official oracle is a loggerhead turtle named Cabecao, or Big Head. He correctly predicted his home country would win over Croatia in the World Cup opener.

Brazil also sought the help of a capybara, but it doesn't seem to excited about the fate of the World Cup resting on its shoulders.

Paul's passing didn't push Germany out of the oracle game though. Not to be outdone, the Germans have employed an elephant, armadillo, African clawed frogs and flies to predict the outcome of the World Cup.

 

Will any oracle ever match up to Paul's nearly 80 percent success rate? Maybe, but no other oracle has a song dedicated to them (yet).

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