Paul the Octopus, Marcus the Psychic Pig and other clairvoyant football animals

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Paul the Octopus has a lot to answer for.

Ever since the tentacular creature correctly predicted the result of eight matches at the 2010 World Cup, football has seen an explosion of animal oracles.

From parakeets to pigs and cats to elephants, there’s now a mystical menagerie of animals great and small who their owners claim can see into the future.

It’s difficult to top the expert predictions of Paul the Octopus, but that hasn’t stopped all manner of beasts from having a go.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at six clairvoyant creatures who turned their hands, paws, tentacles and claws to predicting football results.

Paul the Octopus

Paul the Octopus is the original psychic animal, but like all good tournament players, it took him a while to get into the groove.

Before the 2010 World Cup, Weymouth-born Paul could only predict four results out of six correctly at Euro 2008.

But in South Africa, the spiritual sea-dweller came into his own, getting all eight of his predictions spot on.

Paul made his predictions by selecting one of two boxes decorated with flags of the countries competing in a particular match.

He even knew that England would lose to Germany in the round-of-16 – but then so did we after about 30 minutes.

Mani the parakeet

Mani the parakeet shared a stage with Paul the Octopus at the 2010 World Cup, but the green-feathered guru wasn’t quite as successful.

After correctly predicting the result of all four quarter-finals, he came unstuck in the semi-final as Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2.

He rediscovered the winning thread for Germany vs Spain, but Spain’s win over Netherlands in the final caused him to slip up again.

Marcus the psychic pig

Mystic Marcus was a black micro pig who made his predictions by picking out an apple from a bunch that had been labelled with a team flag.

Marcus achieved national fame after appearing on This Morning but came in for criticism after incorrectly guessing the result of England v Croatia.

Farmer and micro pig breeder Juliette from Heage, Derbyshire, told the Daily Mail: “Marcus is the seventh child of a seventh child and apparently they're gifted with special powers so maybe that's where it comes from.”

Rabio the octopus

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Japanese punters would have been squids in after backing the predictions of Rabio the Octopus at the 2018 World Cup.

Rabio correctly predicted the results of all Japan’s group stage games before meeting an unfortunate end.

Not content with their mystic mollusc, Rabio’s owners chopped him up and turned him into seafood before the round-of-16. RIP.

Nelly the elephant

Germany’s unofficial oracle at Euro 2012 packed a punch with her predictions by kicking a ball into one of two goals at the Serengeti-Park in the northern German city of Hodenhagen.

Despite wild claims about her incredible success rate, Nelly fell short when it mattered most after predicting Germany to overcome Italy in the semi-final.

Italy won the match 2-1 before going onto lose to Spain in the final.

Achilles the cat

Feline forecaster Achilles the cat made his predictions at the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup – but they were far from purrrrfect.

Cats may have nine lives, but Achilles used two of them up pretty quickly after incorrectly guessing the result of Nigeria v Argentina and Sweden v Switzerland.

He did nail Russia to beat Saudi Arabia, but then, who didn't?

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