'Psychic' Octopus That Predicted World Cup Matches Has Been Killed For Food

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It's not very common for the death of an animal to doom an entire country, but that's exactly what happened to Japan at this year's FIFA World Cup when Rabiot the "psychic" octopus was chopped into sashimi.

He showcased his talent by being put into a paddling pool with three baskets that had the Japanese flag, their opponent, and one that said "draw".

Rabio, a giant Pacific octopus, went on to rack up a flawless record by also predicting Japan's draw with Senegal and their defeat to Poland as they narrowly qualified as runners-up in their group.

After he was sent to the market, Japan lost, 1-0, to Poland on June 28 and then was knocked out of the round of 16 after a 3-2 loss to Belgium.

Local fisherman Kimio Abe, Rabio's owner, told Japan's Mainichi that he was happy Rabio correctly predicted all three of Japan's group matches.

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While Japan's footballers were left to dwell on what might have been, at least they still have their health.

But sadly, despite his 100% track record, Rabiot, who was caught in Obira, Hokkaido, has been unable to predict his team's result against Belgium - because he has become someone's dinner. Wherever "Rabio" (or Rabiot, as some outlets have it) swam first was considered the creature's prediction.

Also this year, a Russian cat named Achilles is being touted as a psychic animal after it correctly predicted the World Cup hosts would beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

In 2010, Paul the octopus became an global star after correctly predicting the results of all Germany's games in the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final - in which it backed Spain to win. Paul passed away peacefully in his aquarium at the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen in 2012.