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Capital of Ukraine touts psychic pig to make Euro 2012 predictions

A psychic pig is lining up 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 on Friday it would wheel out the porky tipster to give daily forecasts once the tournament kicks off next month.

“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 behaviour in an aquarium in Oberhausen was used to predict the winner of each of Germany’s seven matches.

Kiev officials said they wanted to bring similar excitement to Ukrainians by bringing the telepathic pig to the city’s fan zone before 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.

The so-called Soothsayer Hog will be eager to sniff out the correct result himself to avoid the chop as pork is a staple of the local cuisine.

– Reuters

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