Citta the elephant to sniff out soccer wins
The 33-year-old female elephant will use her trunk to predict who will win the Euro 2012 soccer championships.
Thu, May 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
An elephant in Poland is set to sniff out winners in the Euro 2012 soccer championships, using her trunk where Germany's Paul the Octopus used his wily arms to prophecy for the 2010 World Cup.
Citta, a 33-year-old female elephant from a zoo in the southern Polish city of Krakow, will make her first tournament prophecy on June 6, two days before the kick-off of the 16-nation contest co-hosted this year by Poland and Ukraine.
"During her meet-and-greet with the media, she swallowed a football: it was leather not plastic and had no adverse effect on her digestive system," Krakow zoo director Teresa Grega told AFP on Thursday.
"Citta already successfully predicted the result of the Champions League and Chelsea's win against Bayern Munich," Grega added.
With fruit for her crystal ball, Citta will call the outcome of the June 8 Poland-Greece match at the Warsaw National Stadium by picking between three apples — two labeled with country names and the third in case of a tie.
The Indian-born elephant — who spent twenty-odd years in a German circus before moving to Austria, Spain and Krakow in 2006 — appears to really enjoy soccer, according to Grega.
In 2010, Paul the Octopus became the world's most famous mollusk when he foretold the results of every match played by Germany at the World Cup in South Africa, as well as Spain's victory against the Netherlands in the final.
Paul has since died, leaving it up to Citta to take up the animal-soothsayer mantel in Poland, while co-host Ukraine has chosen a pig in capital Kiev to divine outcomes.
Getting in on the animal act too are a sausage dog called Sissi and Rossi an octopus, both from Germany, and Nicholas, an English-based llama.
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