|Cats, however, are never wrong -- and, unlike|
octopuses, they have nine lives ...
revealed that Khryak the hog, also known as Funtik, will make his predictions on EURO 2012 matches by choosing between two plates of food. Not to be outdone, Citta the elephant in Krakow and Fred the ferret in Kharkiv (two other cities set to host matches at the tournament) will also be making predictions. Officials in Kiev said they wanted to bring similar excitement to Ukrainians by bringing the telepathic pig to the city's fan zone before matches. Svitlana Bovkun, the PR director of the official Kiev Euro 2012 fan zone, is quoted as saying:
"It's a sequel to the legacy of Paul the Octopus. When we faced an issue to choose an animal to be a symbol of the Ukrainian [part of the] championship, the organisers decided to treat the choice with a certain sense of humour, not to be too serious, and since we didn't have too many associations to work with a hog, a pig, is not the worst association. It brings a smile."
|Does Fred the ferret have psychic |
powers? Merpel wouldn't bet on it ...
The IPKat and Merpel feel great sympathy for Khryak the hog. Elephants are usually quite safe from the dinner-plate these days, possibly because it's so difficult to peel them and they take ages to cook, even in the microwave. Ferrets are smaller but don't really feature on the culinary horizon. If Khyrak gets things wrong, however, he might well be for the chop -- along with any number of unsuccessful international football managers.
Intelligence in pigs here
Intelligence in elephants here
Ferrets in intelligence here and in noses here
A generous katpat to Chris Torrero for bringing this to the IPKat's attention!