From Russia’s Achilles the cat to Dubai’s Shaheen the camel, animals have been turned into clairvoyants in recent World Cup years as fans try to predict outcomes of matches before a ball is even kicked.
Those animals have Paul the Octopus to thank after accurately predicting the 2010 World Cup matches brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle.
Here is a list of all the World Cup creatures both great and small who are testing their psychic credentials by predicting outcomes of matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
A participant dresses Achilles the cat, which attempts to predict the result of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia during an event in Saint Petersburg. (Reuters)
Yunona, a six-year-old female Amur tiger, chooses Russia while attempting to predict the result of the soccer World Cup match between Uruguay and Russia during an event at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters)
A goat named 'Zabiyaka - the Oracle Goat of Samara' eats a plate of food behind a sign in Russian meaning 'Draw' during an event at a zoo in the Russian city of Samara. (Reuters)
Lion Nene and lioness Valentina are used at Medellin zoo in Colombia, in an attempt to predict the result of the group H 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Colombia and Japan held in Russia. (Reuters)