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WORLD CUP FEVER: FORGET PAUL THE OCTOPUS, MEET BIG HUAT, SMALL HUAT, TIKI AND TAKA

Animal 'oracles' ready for kick-off

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:27 AM
 

Small and nimble, they scurry around on fast feet and have names synonymous with Spanish football.

You know Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Now, meet Tiki and Taka, The Straits Times' resident hamsters which will also be on World Cup duty.

Animal "oracles" have been all the rage since the late Paul the Octopus made 10 out of 10 correct predictions in the 2010 World Cup. While never scientifically proven, the fad caught on through a series of air, aquatic and land creatures being touted as rivals to the cephalopod from Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life Centre.

However, Tiki and Taka are not animal psychics which can be relied upon to give accurate World Cup predictions.

 
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