Mani, a 13-year-old parakeet in Singapore, has forecast the Netherlands will win the World Cup final in South Africa on Sunday.
Mani, who successfully picked the winners for the quarter-finals and Spain’s semi-final win over Germany, flipped over a card to reveal the Dutch flag in Friday’s forecasting session, news agency AP reported.
But Paul, the German octopus who is said to have a 100% success rate in the earlier World Cup rounds, has picked Spain as Sunday’s winner. Under the eyes of many tv cameras, Paul first ate mussels from a tank marked with the Spanish flag.
There is still hope for Holland, Nos tv says. In the 2008 European championships Paul also had it right up to the final, but then wrongly predicted Germany would beat Spain.
A Dutch new entrant in the forecasting market, a female octopus at the Sealife centre in Scheveningen, has also predicted a Dutch victory. The appropriately named Pauline ignored the pot of Spanish mussels, Nos says.
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