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'Psychic' World Cup octopus ends up as dinner


Posted on Friday, 6 July, 2018 | Comment icon 17 comments

Let's hope his successor has better luck. Image Credit: PD - Pseudopanax
An octopus that has been attributed with correctly predicting World Cup results has been killed for food.
If there's one thing that we are guaranteed to see during the FIFA World Cup, it's claims of animals - whether it be pigs, dogs, ferrets or octopuses - correctly predicting the result of each game.

One of this year's biggest non-human stars was Rabio the oracle octopus - a cephalopod caught off the coast of Japan who, upon being placed inside a tank with three boxes representing the three possible results of a match (win, lose or draw), has correctly predicted the result several times.

According to reports, Rabio managed to pick the correct boxes for the Japanese team's win against Colombia, its draw with Senegal and also its defeat to Poland.

Sadly, though, the one thing the eight-legged psychic didn't see coming was its own demise.

Just prior to Japan's defeat to Belgium on Monday, poor Rabio was sold as seafood at the local market and has since ended up becoming someone's dinner.

Despite this, the man who caught him remains optimistic about the future.

"I hope Rabio's successor will accurately tip the results of all games," he said.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (17)

Tags: Octopus, World Cup

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 7 July, 2018, 17:06
It's ok as long as they used olive oil and garlic. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam on 7 July, 2018, 17:55
This is good news for Vlad, he was hoping to replace him, well @Vlad the Mighty the jobs yours. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by UFOwatcher on 8 July, 2018, 15:29
Reminds me of the 'woodsy' story, sometimes you kill the bear and other times the bear kills you.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk on 8 July, 2018, 15:51
Octopus is delicious. And squid.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 8 July, 2018, 18:27
I used to love octopus, but ever since videos have surfaced of them demonstrating high intelligence, I haven't been able to bring myself to eat them anymore. 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Nzo on 9 July, 2018, 1:41
I would expect nothing better from ignorance.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jon the frog on 10 July, 2018, 1:37
And it's better like that, Octopus lifespan is quite short, it's better to not waste the food. He would have die soon enough.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Black Monk on 14 July, 2018, 12:27
Thankfully, I don't grade my food's desirability on how intelligent it was. Far more important to me is to grade it on how it tastes and how healthy it is. And that's something I share with most of the rest of the animal kingdom.
Comment icon #16 Posted by ChaosRose on 14 July, 2018, 15:31
Well, they don't eat Punxsatawny Phil.  That seems just wrong. If you're gonna have a "psychic" octopus, then it should be treated special because it was subjected to like...being your psychic octopus and all. It's like eating something after you name it. That's just no good. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by acute on 15 July, 2018, 10:50
RIP, Otto. (Rest In Pieces)


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