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Russia's 'Psychic' Cat Achilles Predicts the World Cup 2018 Opener Winner

By Mahita Gajanan June 13, 2018

A cat said to have psychic powers has predicted the winner of the first game in the 2018 World Cup, set to kick off on June 14.

Achilles, a deaf Russian cat that lives at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, was given two plates of cat food to determine the opening match’s winner. One plate was marked with a Russian flag, while the other had a Saudi flag.

After a moment of hesitation, Achilles chose the Russian plate, the Associated Press reports. Following the choice, the cat was dressed in a Russian uniform for a photoshoot.

Hermitage veterinarian Anna Kondratyeva said Achilles “loves his motherland and couldn’t vote otherwise.”

Achilles became known for having psychic abilities after correctly guessing the winners of multiple matches during the Confederations Cup last year in Russia.

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