- An octopus named Rabio successfully predicted all the results of Japan’s World Cup games
- Rabio was placed in a paddling pool and chose one of three boxes which represented either a win, loss or a draw
- The fisherman who caught Rabio decided the giant octopus would be worth more if sold at the local fish market than it would as an internet sensation
Rabio the octopus became a bit of an internet sensation when it successfully correctly predicted all of the results of Japan’s national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Unfortunately for Rabio this was not enough for him to avoid the butcher’s block.
Kimio Abe, the fisherman who caught Rabio decided that the giant-Pacific octopus would be worth more at the local fish market than he would as a short-lived internet sensation. Abe is reliant on his daily catch for his income and as such decided to sell the octopus.
Rabio made his prediction by being placed in a small paddling pool and choosing from one of three boxes. Each one of the boxes represented either a win, loss or a draw for the national team.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Rabio was caught off the coast of the Japanese city of Hokkaido on the day of Japan’s first match at the World Cup.
The octopus quickly became the latest of a variety of so-called psychic animals from around the globe which are claimed to have clairvoyant abilities when it comes to the World Cup. Radio joined Achilles the psychic Russian cat to make predictions this year.
Sport24.com reported that Radio was sold at the market before Japan was dumped out of the World Cup in brutal fashion by tournament front-runners Belgium on Monday.
Abe has not completely given up on gaining internet fame and plans to use another octopus, Rabio Junior, to make future prediction.
Meanwhile, Paul the octopus who successfully predicted that Spain would win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa has died peacefully in his tank at an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany in 2012. He reached the ripe old age (for a mollusc) of two.
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