Japan's 'psychic' octopus killed, 'sent to market'

Phsychic octopus who correctly predicted World Cup results eaten before tournament ends

Rabiot a giant pacific octopus would chose his options in a paddling pool

An octopus with "psychic" powers who managed to predict just how well Japan's soccer team would fare in the 2018 World Cup group stage games has been killed and sent to the seafood market.

To predict the games, Abe placed the mollusk in a plastic pool, which contained three boxes representing Japan, the opposing team and a draw.

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Rabiot correctly "predicted" that Japan would win against Colombia, tie with Senegal, and lose to Poland, becoming a wildly popular sensation in the country. 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.

Following the unfortunate transformation of Rabiot the octopus into food, Beijing's Palace Museum has announced the death of Baidianr, a resident cat that successfully called six World Cup results.

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Rabiot is not the first animal prophet to capture the hearts and minds of World Cup fans.

The circular paddle pool used for the experiment was separated into three sections - one with a Japanese flag, another an opponent's flag, and a sign that read "draw" - each with a tilted basket strewn with shellfish Rabio could swim into.

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Rabiot, a giant Pacific octopus, was caught off the port of Obira in Hokkaido before the tournament began and quickly put to work predicting the results of Japan's matches. Paul passed away peacefully in his aquarium at the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen in 2012. "I'm glad that all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage", Abe said. He reached the ripe old age (for a mollusc) of two.

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