'Psychic' Octopus That Predicted World Cup Matches Has Been Killed For Food

Paul doing his thing back in 2010. Credit PA

A "psychic" octopus which correctly guessed the outcome of Japan's group stage matches at the World Cup has been boiled alive and sold at a fish market.

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.

A Giant Pacific octopus, named Rabiot, correctly "predicted" two of Japan's World Cup results before he was sent to the market.

At the 2010 tournament in South Africa, Paul the octopus became an global star for correctly predicting all of Germany's games as well as the final - in which it backed Spain to win over the Netherlands.

Rabiot managed to pick the right section for all group stage games Japan participated in, but Kimio Abe, the fisherman who caught the animal, made a decision to sell the octopus instead of waiting for the knockout stages.

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A fisherman who caught the "psychic" octopus has now killed it after the animal correctly predicted Japan's first round of World Cup games.

Rabiot is also not the first invertebrate to develop a prowess at correctly predicting football results.

The otter is just one of several animals predicting this year's World Cup games, with rivals including a white goat and several hippos, all from Russian Federation.

Abe has not completely given up on gaining internet fame and plans to use another octopus, Rabio Junior, to make future prediction. Paul passed away peacefully in his aquarium at the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen in 2012.

"I'm glad all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage", Abe told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper before Japan's loss to Belgium in the last 16.

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