Citta the elephant consumes a football
Paul the Octopus wowed us with his soothsaying skills during World Cup 2010, but he has since moved on to the exploitative aquarium in the sky. Since his passing, man has longed for a new animal-based method of predicting football results. The Champions League Llama may have a 100% record by calling Chelsea's unlikely victory over Bayern Munich, but Poland and Ukraine are each boasting their own zoo creatures to help gamblers who don't want to rely on statistics and facts when making game predictions.
Ukraine will be acquiring the services of a two-year-old pig, who — much like Wayne Rooney — loves drinking beer and eating fries in his down time. Instead of ending up as a key component of the Ukrainian national dish of sliced hog fat, the imaginatively-named 'Psychic Pig' will be at the heart of the action throughout the tournament, says Mercury News:
[...] He will be brought to a specially-built house in central Kiev outside the Olympic Stadium, where some of the Euro 2012 matches will be played. Ahead of each game, he will be asked to indicate the winner by deciding whether to eat from one of two plates of food, each marked with the national flags of the teams playing.
Poland, meanwhile, will be placing their faith in Citta the elephant, a resident of Krakow Zoo who beat off fierce competition from a parrot and a donkey by correctly selecting Chelsea as Champions League winners. Before each game, she will be offered an apple emblazoned with the colours of each competing nation.
It isn't clear what happens in the event of a draw, or if Citta and Psychic Pig's predictions contradict one another, but the public's insatiable appetite for animals making arbitrary food choices will ensure you'll be hearing plenty more about these zoo dwellers in the next few weeks.