World Cup 2014 – Football: The Furry, the Aquatic Clairvoyants, and the Ox

12 Jun

In honor of Paul, the German octopus, who correctly predicted Spain as the winner of the 2010 World Cup before moving on to that giant aquarium in the sky, we thought we should take a moment to honor those other animal football fans.

In Praia do Forte, Brazil, Big Head the turtle, predicts that Brazil will win over Croatia in the first round (though he initially went for the fish that indicated a draw):

I hope the poor turtle didn’t succumb to peer pressure. Meanwhile, in China, a group of baby pandas will predict World Cup matches by climbing trees and choosing food.


I don’t know about you, but if we get tons of pictures like that, who cares if the pandas know anything about football?

In Dubai, camels Shaheen and Waslawi, will predict the winners of matches by eating dates next to the flag of the winner. Waslawi is predicting that Brazil will lose to Croatia in the first match. I wonder if we’ll see a turtle/camel war.

Will any of these creatures prove to be as clairvoyant as Paul? Only time will tell. Rest in peace dear octopus.

Of course, some animals just enjoy playing the sport. Meet Purin, the Super Beagle from Japan. She is an excellent goalkeeper who can also score goals and has a celebratory dance that rivals Daniel Sturridge’s.

Oh, and to keep this semi-World Cup related, Lozil’s and my favorite Ox was caught imitating the Sturridge dance upon the English National Team’s arrival in Brazil.

Boy always makes me giggle. Unless he gets hurt. No giggling then. (If the Vine won’t play for you, click here – Lozil)

Back to the animals:

Lozil sent over a few animals playing soccer to share. In Colombia, to celebrate their return to the World Cup after 16 years, sheep soccer match was held. Yes. Sheep. Half of the sheep represented Colombia and half represented Brazil. And they wore kits.

I would not enjoy putting shorts on a goat. I rarely wear pants myself.

In Thailand, a group of boys played elephants in preparation for the World Cup. Elephants do have a creative form of defense, but really need to work on their attacking skills.

And while I have no words to describe this, I am somewhat obsessed with this image:

Still. No words.

Some animals just enjoy watching and not actually playing (like myself). Lozil found this list of who famous cats are cheering for.

Only one of my kittens likes watching football. I will let him choose his own team (but I trust him. He is a Gooner).

This elephant can’t wait for the World Cup to start:
I LOVE ELEPHANTS. Ahem, anyway.

And finally, sometimes players compare themselves with animals. The USWNT spent some time discussing what their spirit animals were:

I am impressed how much thought they gave it. When I took a Buzzfeed quiz, I was told that my spirit animal was Meryl Streep. Yes, Meryl Streep. Everyone else got an actual animal.

Clearly, I am in football withdrawal and need the World Cup to start already. Any other slightly off topics you want covered? Let me know @phyllisschulz. Until next time…

-Dr. P

5 Responses to “World Cup 2014 – Football: The Furry, the Aquatic Clairvoyants, and the Ox”

  1. forzasusan June 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm #


  2. CinematiqueChic June 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    RIP Paul. That elephant (all the animals but especially the elephant) is adorable!!

  3. kfunk22 June 13, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    i love that everyone is into clairvoyant animals these days.


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