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‘Psychic’ pig makes Euro 2012 predictions

Funtik the pig is pictured in Kiev, Ukraine on June 12.

Photo: AFP

A psychic pig is set to take over where Paul the Octopus left off at the 2010 World Cup by predicting the results of matches at the European championships in Ukraine and Poland.

Kiev’s city government said it would wheel out the porky tipster to give daily forecasts once the tournament kicks off.

“A unique oracle hog, a real Ukrainian pig and a psychic which knows the mysteries of football,” a statement said. “Every day at 4pm it will predict the result of the upcoming match.”

Paul, who has since passed away, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup after his feeding behavior was used to correctly predict the winner of each of Germany’s seven matches.

‘Psychic’ creatures have become the rage since Paul blazed his tentacled trail.

A rare two-headed tortoise called Magdalena embarked on a new career as a tipster at last year’s ice hockey world championships in Slovakia.

Germany discovered a cross-eyed opossum called Heidi, who made an appearance on American television earlier last year to predict the Oscar winners. She died last September.











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準備好的 (zhun3 bei4 hao3 de5)

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披荊斬棘;闖出新路 (pi1 jing1 zhan3 ji2; chuang3 chu1 xin1 lu4)

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