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Sochi picks two otters to predict 2014 Olympics results

January 20, 2014, 19:15 UTC+3 SOCHI
Two otters at the Sochi aquarium will be predicting results of the 2014 Olympics in Russia in a show similar to the one with Paul the Octopus
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SOCHI, January 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Two otters at the Sochi aquarium will be predicting results of the 2014 Olympics in Russia in a show similar to the one with Paul the Octopus, a marine soothsayer who predicted the outcome of all matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a deputy director of the aquarium said on Monday.

Yulia Lipnitskaya said staff at the aquarium earlier noticed that while playing the otters were able to select one of the two objects given to them adding that the mammals “would not only make their choice but then demonstrate the selected object to spectators.”

“That is why we decided to put up a show out of it,” she said adding that both otters, Ashley and Harry, are of the opposite sex and were brought to the aquarium by local residents, who earlier discovered them wounded by hunters in a forest.

The otters already made a correct guess before the start of the Olympics on February 7, after they predicted Russia’s victory at the recent European Figure Skating Championship and the aquarium’s personnel hope that they would beat the record of Paul the Octopus.

The octopus became an international celebrity after he made only two mistaken predictions at the 2008 Euro Cup and none at the 2010 World Cup.

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