Battle of the Animal Oracles

Citta, a 33-year-old female elephant, makes her first Euro 2012 football championships prophecy, choosing Poland, at the zoo in the southern Polish city of Krakow. She was wrong: Spain won on June 23 Photograph by Bartosz Siedlik/AFP/Getty Images

Since the death of Paul the Octopus (also known as Paul the Oracle) in October 2010, there has been a vacuum at the top of the surprisingly crowded field of animals deemed to have psychic abilities. Paul, who had famously picked the correct victors in 8 of 8 FIFA World Cup matches in 2010, was also 80 percent accurate during a 2008 European soccer tournament. (Paul, though originally from the U.K., had made his home at an aquarium in Germany.) While his method of divination was not the most graceful (he chose to eat mussels in one of two boxes marked with flags), his reign as most clairvoyant animal has been unparalleled, at least until now.

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