A river otter at a Tokyo aquarium received fervent online praise by Japanese fans for predicting a shock victory by Japan against four-time champion Germany at their opening match of the World Cup on Wednesday in Qatar.
Taiyo, an 8-year-old male at the Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, had expressed his choice for the Samurai Blue the day before by putting a miniature soccer ball in the blue bucket with the Japanese flag, snubbing a red one with the German flag and a yellow one that was labeled "draw."
Elated by Japan's 2-1 victory, Japanese soccer fans gushed over the otter online, calling him "amazing" and "extremely competent." Others hoped that he would make a prediction for the next group-stage match against Costa Rica on Sunday.
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