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Nelly and Oobi-Ooobi: Animals predict Germany will triumph over Poland

The animals are at it again, and they say Germany will beat Poland.

euro 2016 Updated: Jun 16, 2016 13:28 IST
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Elephant Nelly plays with a ball, as an "animal oracle" to predict results of the Germany vs Ukraine match at Euro 2016, in the "Safari Park" in Hodenhagen, Germany.(REUTERS)

The animals are at it again, and they say Germany will beat Poland.

Nelly the Elephant on Wednesday predicted a narrow victory for the world champions by choosing — hesitantly — to kick a ball into a goal marked with Poland’s flag, according to her keepers at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen.

In Leipzig, a koala bear named Oobi-Ooobi chose a eucalyptus branch from a glass marked with the German flag.

The male Koala Oobi-Ooobi predicts Germany to be the winner of the Uefa Euro 2016 match between Germany and Poland, besides the zookeeper Juliane Ladensack at the Leipzig Zoo. (AP Photo)

Nelly correctly predicted Germany’s opening win against Ukraine. Her furry colleague, however, predicted a draw by refusing to touch either branch.

The craze for animal oracles started in earnest with Germany’s Paul the Octopus, who achieved cult status by correctly predicting eight matches at the 2010 World Cup. Other animals have struggled to achieve comparable stardom.

Cockroaches decorated Romanian (right) and French flags run at the cockroaches racing course built by Berlin-based Russian painter Nikolai Makarov in his studio in Berlin, ahead of the start of the Euro 2016. (AFP File Photo)

First Published: Jun 16, 2016 12:29 IST