Following the success of Paul the 'psychic' Octopus, who correctly predicted the results of the 2010 World Cup, a pig, a cow and an elephant are among creatures attempting to guess the results of matches at the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine and Poland.
A swine named Funtik, who is a mainstay in the fan zone in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, had said co-hosts Poland would beat Greece on Friday - a prophesy which did not however come true as the tournament's dramatic opener ended in a draw - but successfully predicted Russia's victory over the Czech Republic later that night. Funtik divines, simply enough, by choosing between plates of corn chips, each bearing the flag of the two teams set to play.
A meerkat in Russia's Urals town of Yekaterinburg, too, forecast his homeland's triumph, but a deer in the northern town of Syktyvkar, not to be outdone, looked much farther ahead, saying Russia will reach the semi-finals.
Poland's own Citta the Elephant in the Krakow Zoo has also been credited with psychic powers, but they seemed to fail her after she picked her side to win at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
In Germany, Yvonne the cow has foretold defeat in the team's opening match against Portugal to be played on Saturday night, a forecast countered by a psychic otter in the country's small eastern town of Aue. Dutch elephant Nelly also indictaed a win for Germany.
There is also Fred the Ferret in Kharkiv, one of Euro's host cities in eastern Ukraine, whose prognostications are not yet known but who will surely be voted the cutest animal oracle of the tournament.
And last but not least, the successor to Paul, who sadly died of natural causes in 2010, is Paulus the Octopus, who was born in Germany but now lives - and works - in a tank in Portugal.
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