Or would you believe “Pigskin” Pete Franklin? Reuters’ Olzhas Auyezov reports that UEFA’s Euro 2012 tournament — which kicked off earlier this afternoon with Greece v. Poland in Warsaw — features, “a successor to Paul the octopus “.
The ‘psychic’ pig made its first predictions about upcoming games on Friday, picking Poland and Russia as winners. Paul, who has since passed away, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup after his feeding behaviour was used to correctly predict the winner of each of the Germanys seven matches. The German cephalopod also tipped World Cup winners Spain to beat the Netherlands in the final in South Africa from his tank at an aquarium in Oberhausen. Similarly, the pig, which now lives in the ‘fan zone’ in downtown Kiev, made its predictions on Friday by choosing between pairs of bowls containing corn pops.