Like many football fans trying to predict the results of the World Cup, Achilles is busy studying the teams heading to Russia for sport’s biggest global showdown. But he has one advantage, cat sense.
The furry white feline, who lives in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage museum, is being touted as a cat physic who will predict the winners and losers of the tournament kicking off in Russia on Thursday June 14th, Reuters has said.
Achilles previously predicted outcomes during the 2017 Confederations Cup.
His predecessor the octopus Paul became an international celebrity when at the 2010 World Cup he correctly predicted the outcome of Germany’s games and picked the eventual winners, Spain.
Achilles is deaf, meaning he will not be easily distracted by waiting journalists when he makes his predictions by choosing between two bowls of food, each bearing a team flag.
In training for predicting the results of the tournament, Achilles, dressed in a red football shirt, looks at a chart of the teams and game schedules, before, slightly reluctantly, moving onto an exercise wheel.