Pandas predicted Spanish victory

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s mother-and-daughter panda duo indicated a Spanish win over Italy in the Euro 2012 tournament in yet another animal prediction, media reports said yesterday. The final took place last night.

Lin Ping on Saturday chose to play with the Spanish flag with a football attached to it at her cage in Chiang Mai zoo, 600km north of Bangkok.

Her mother, Lin Hui, on loan to the zoo from China, also opted for the Spanish flag.

Animal predictions on the outcome of football tournaments have become popular worldwide since Germany’s Paul the Octopus picked eight out of eight winners in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The German animal rights group Tierschutzbund has expressed concern about the trend, which might cause stress to the alleged prophets. – Sapa-dpa

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