Moscow Zoo’s very own “psychic” polar bear, Nika, has predicted victories for Portugal and Mexico in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
Nika picked Portugal to get the better of Chile and for Mexico to win against world champions Germany.
The orphaned bear, who lives at Moscow Zoo, follows in the footsteps of 2010 FIFA World Cup sensation Paul the Octopus.
Nika was rescued last year in the village of Ryrkaipiy (Chukotka), located on the migration route of polar bears. She was between eight and nine months old at the time and would not have been able to survive in the wild.
Now healthy and growing fast, Moscow Zoo are hoping she will play a valuable role in their reproduction and conservation programme.
The two-year-old is a resident of the Moscow Zoo. She was rescued as an orphan in a village in eastern Russia after, according to local residents, her mother was lost to poachers.
Nika has taken on the mantle of the official animal predictor of the Confederations Cup, which is currently underway in her home nation.
So far, Nika has made two predictions and been correct once — she correctly chose Germany to defeat Australia and also selected Portugal to prevail over Mexico (which ultimately ended as a draw).