As Japan leave the World Cup following their defeat to Belgium on Monday, the country’s psychic octopus, Rabio, has also been declared surplus to requirements, and has since been killed and sold for food.
Rabio, a giant Pacific octopus, had correctly predicted all of Japan’s results in the group stages. However Kimio Abe, the fisherman who caught the animal, decided he stood to make a greater profit selling Rabio for meat than keeping the mollusc around to predict football scores.
Rabio, who briefly became a viral sensation in his native Japan, would make his predictions by touching areas in a water tank marked win, lose or draw. He had 100% accuracy, correctly guessing that Japan would win their first game, draw their second and lose their last.
Unfortunately, Rabio would be sent to market before he saw his final prediction – that Japan would lose 1-0 to Poland – come to fruition. We’ll never know what he would have made of the dramatic result of Japan’s final 16 game against Belgium.
Rabio, of course, isn’t the first ‘psychic’ animal to have been deployed in a World Cup to predict a country’s results, nor is he even the first octopus to do so. In 2010, Oberhausen Sea Life Centre’s Paul, a common octopus, with stunning accuracy foresaw the results of all seven Germany games during the World Cup in South Africa.