Japan's 'psychic' octopus killed, turned into sashimi

Reports on social media say this is what Rabiot looks like now. Credit YouTube/北海道ニュースUHB

Rabiot's uncanny knack of correctly picking Japan's results made the creature a national sensation, with day-time chat shows lining up to report its latest prognostications.

Rabiot the octopus can predict Japan's results at the World Cup by swimming to the area of a pool holding the flag of the team it thinks will win.

Rabiot's 100 per cent record also tops fellow psychic World Cup star Achilles the deaf Russian cat, who wrongly predicted a Nigeria win over Argentina in the group stages.

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

Despite Rabiot's run of success when it came to predicting results, the fisherman who caught the octopus, Kimio Abe, told local media this week that - much like Japan - the mollusc had exited the tournament early.

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The octopus proved to be a spineless Jimmy the Greek, correctly choosing Japan to defeat Colombia, tie with Senegal and lose to Poland. Abe sold it to market, meaning the octopus could be sashimi by now.

Japan will face title-contenders Belgium on Monday - and although this World Cup has been one of surprises, perhaps getting slaughtered was Rabiot's way of predicting the outcome of the match.

Another octopus that foretold World Cup results called Paul was found dead in its home - not killed for food - nearly a decade ago. "I'm glad that all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage", Abe said.

Staff at the aquarium fed Paul mussels carrying the colours of either Germany or their opponents during the competition.

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