Chinese Soccer Fans Use Pet Turtles to Predict Match Results, After ‘Psychic Pandas’ Banned

Mexico vs. Cameroon (top); Spain vs. Holland (bottom) (Screenshot/Qinsong.la)
Mexico vs. Cameroon (top); Spain vs. Holland (bottom) (Screenshot/Qinsong.la)

As World Cup fever grips fans in China, the quest for soccer soothsayers continues, with pandas officially pulled out of the running.

A team of panda cubs were poised to act as animal oracles, just like Paul the Octopus, but state mouthpiece Xinhua said that “human overexposure would have harmed the pandas.”

Instead, netizens took to using their pet turtles as fortune-tellers using labeled leaves, but the reptiles ate the piles for Cameroon, Spain, England, and Japan, all of which went on to lose!

Some “angry” netizens shared this photo on the web after the turtles failed:

Photo of a cooked turtle jokingly posted after the reptiles all made incorrect predictions. (Screenshot/Qinsong.la)

Photo of a cooked turtle jokingly posted after the reptiles all made incorrect predictions. (Screenshot/Qinsong.la)

Turtles seem to be luckier in the host country of Brazil, where a loggerhead turtle called “Cabecao” or Big Head is being used to make predictions, and successfully picked a winner for the opening match last week.

 

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