Japan's oracle octopus boiled and butchered

Doug Mendoza
July 6, 2018

An octopus that saw a glimpse of internet stardom after appearing to correctly predict the results of all three of Japan's recent World Cup games has been killed and sent to market, according to Japanese media.

Rabiot caught the attention of soccer fans in Japan and overseas when he first started predicting the winners of the matches by swimming towards baskets of food that represented a win, a defeat or a draw for the country.

The octopus, named Rabio, predicted the Samurai Blue's surprising victory against Colombia, draw with Senegal and defeat to Poland in the group stage.

German invertebrate Paul the octopus correctly predicted six World Cup games in 2010.

But sadly, despite his 100% track record, Rabiot, who was caught in Obira, Hokkaido, has been unable to predict his team's result against Belgium - because he has become someone's dinner.

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"I'm glad that all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage", said Kimio Abe, a 51-year-old fisherman who brought in Rabio from the watery depths and helped him start his psychic career.

It's not the first time an unlikely animal has made headlines by predicting the outcome of World Cup games.

Japan's "psychic" Fifa World Cup octopus has been killed and sold for lunch.

Rabio is not the only octopus to have been blessed with the supposed psychic power of predicting global football matches. Paul, however, was fortunate enough to live out the remainder of his days in the comfort of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center. He reached the ripe old age (for a mollusc) of two. The cat, named Achilles, correctly predicted that the hosts would beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but incorrectly backed Nigeria in their competition with Argentina.

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