>> Me so much.>> Like many soccer fans this Summer, Achilles the cat is scouting teams, preparing to pick the 2018 World Cup Champion. The deaf furry white feline who lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum is set to become Russia's cat psychic for the World Cup. Veterinarian Anna Kondratyeva says Achilles has been training for some time.
>> When he came to us he looked more like a soccer ball, not a cat, so we decided to put him a strict diet.>> Achilles has 32 teams to pick from and has big shoes, or tentacles rather, to fill. At the 2010 world cup Paul the octopus became an international sensation when it correctly picked the winner of Germany's games and picked the eventual champion Spain.
As for Russia, Achilles got a warm up last summer and predicted several outcomes during the 2017 confederations cup by choosing between two bowls of food. Each bearing a team flag, and he already has fans believing in him.>>
> This young girl says I think it's possible, because I think cats are honest, cute and kind, and have their own temperament, they are different.
But whether this cat can pick a winner under the pressure and spotlight of the World Cup remains to be seen.