Zabiyaka the goat from Samara Zoo, Russia, is believed by many to hold mystic powers of clairvoyance and prediction.
During a special event at the Russian zoo today the peculiar goat predicted the results of the upcoming Group C match between Denmark and Australia.
The two teams will clash this Thursday, June 21, at Samara Arena and according to Zabiyaka, the teams are headed for a stalemate.
The goat confidently predicted a draw between the teams after it ignored two bowls of food branded with flags of the respective countries.
Instead, Zabiyaka went straight for a bowl marked ‘draw’ thus predicting an indecisive result on Thursday.
Zabiyaka the goat was selected for the job of official Samara World Cup 2018 oracle in a bizarre animal contest.
In order to secure the coveted position, the goat had to defeat a number of fellow nominees from across the animal kingdom.
Some of Zabiyaka’s fierce competitors included Simon the squirrel monkey, Murzik the python, Lexus the camel and Coco the skunk.
Dmitry Kazandayev, head of Samara Zoo, said: “Zabiyaka is as healthy as they come – she is 3 years old – and she is ready to take on the honourable mission of the oracle of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
Zabiyaka was awarded the symbolic position in a round of intense voting on February 13 this year.
But the charming goat is not the first animal to don the prestigious honour of predicting World Cup game results.
In the Russian city of St Petersburg, Achiles the “psychic cat” correctly predicted Russia’s victory over Saudi Arabia in the opening match on June 14.
The snow-white moggy who typically spends his day chasing mice at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum was called upon to predict the World Cup victor.
Meanwhile in England rescue cat Phoenix tried his hand at predicting the outcome of England’s clash with Tunisia on Monday, June 19.
Although the cat correctly foretold England would beat its rival, Phoenix dropped the ball when he suggested a draw between Belgium and Panama – Belgium won 3:0.
Catherine Jarvis, who works for animal welfare charity Cats Protection, told Express.co.uk: “He doesn’t have huge credentials for it but having had the ‘football injury’ we needed to have a cat who would be interested in the food bowls, so we thought we would give him a go.
“We’ll see if he’s any good and if he is then great and hopefully he might predict the rest of the games.”