Achilles the “Psychic Cat” is being pitched as a feline Nostradamus, and he’s put his talents toward predicting the first match winner in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Remember Paul the Octopus? If not, read on.
What did Achilles the Cat predict for match one? The World Cup kicks off on June 14, 2018, so it remains to be seen whether the cat’s psychic abilities will prove real. The choices: Saudia Arabia or Russia. The match will be held in Moscow. Stop reading if you don’t want spoilers, although whether they will really be actual spoilers is an open question at this point. You can also see videos and photos of the psychic cat later in this story.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Cat Was Given Plates of Food to Choose From
Veterinarians in St. Petersburg are warming up for the FIFA #WorldCup by training Achilles the cat to pick the big winner pic.twitter.com/WxRn9iffWH
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 10, 2018
Achilles, according to Time Magazine, is “a deaf Russian cat that lives at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg.” The white, blue-eyed cat was asked to predict who will win the opening match by being presented with two identical plates of cat food, one containing the flag of Saudi Arabia and one containing the flag of Russia. It’s not the first time he’s participated in the prediction game.
Achilles the cat, one of the State Hermitage Museum mice hunters, approaches an Australian national flag during a prediction event of the results of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group B football match between Cameroon and Australia, in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2017.
The cat will also be asked to predict all of the games being played in St. Petersburg. “He will make his predictions the morning of the game. For breakfast, we’ll put two identical bowls in front of him with cat food and a little flag of the countries playing,” his veterinarian Anna Kondratyeva said to Euro News.
The Cat Picked a Winner and it’s…
This stunning portrait of Achilles the deaf psychic cat is currently my favourite thing about the #WorldCup https://t.co/bF1vDxe09f pic.twitter.com/mXrpqYDXNf
— Jamillah Knowles 💾 (@jemimah_knight) June 13, 2018
Let’s cut to the chase. The cat picked the plate of cat food with the Russian flag, thus signalling that Russia will win the opening match of the World Cup. The wise looking cat was then dressed in a Russian uniform. Of course, the cat is Russian, so maybe it’s not surprising that it would pick Russia?
‘Psychic’ cat “Achilles” predicts win for Russia in opening World Cup game 😼
The deaf cat is one of the mousers at St. Peterburg’s Hermitage Museum, but has a special assignment during the tournament 🔮#Cats #LifeHacks #PAWS #Leadership #BIZBoost 🚀 pic.twitter.com/MKqrF5dJrl
— BIZBoost™ 🚀 (@BIZBoost) June 14, 2018
However, Kondratyeva said the cat, …read more