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Animal Instinct: Armadillo Makes World Cup Predictions

Image: The armadillo called Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches the soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in the western city of Muenster
The armadillo called Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches a soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in the western city of Muenster on June 13. INA FASSBENDER / Reuters

An armadillo named Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches a soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16 at the zoo in Muenster on Friday.

In years past, Paul the Octopus, who lived In a tank at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany, held the title of World Cup oracle. Paul correctly predicted the results of eight 2010 World Cup matches by choosing between flags placed on top of boxes containing food, before passing away later that year.