It's official: A deaf cat is World Cup soothsayer

Its official: A deaf cat is World Cup soothsayer
Can he be as successful as Paul the Octopus?

St Petersburg - Achilles will be presented with bowls marked with teams' flags.



By AFP

Published: Sat 9 Jun 2018, 11:48 PM

Last updated: Sun 10 Jun 2018, 1:50 AM

A deaf, white cat named Achilles is soon to begin his work as Russia's official soothsayer for the World Cup, following in the tentacle-prints of Paul the Octopus who became a star in 2010.
Paul predicted winners for that year's World Cup by choosing one out of two boxes containing food, while Achilles will be presented with bowls marked with teams' flags. "We went for Achilles because he is beautiful, first of all, but also because - like all white cats with blue eyes - he is deaf, so he has a great deal of intuition, he sees with his heart," said Anna Kasatkina, a vet who oversees guard-cats at Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.
For the World Cup, Achilles will move out of his lifelong home of the basements of the Hermitage, where he works with a team of dozens of other cats to keep the world-famous museum free of rodents.


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