FIFA World Cup 2014: Nelly the Elephant, the Fortune-Teller

After Paul the Octopus became a huge hit in the Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010 with his uncanny predictions, Nelly the Elephant with the ability to predict football scores will be the 'star' to watch out for in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Updated: June 05, 2014 00:02 IST
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Nelly the elephant, the fortune teller © AFP

Remember Paul the Octopus? The eight-legged creature who ran his rule over a lot of match predictions during Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010, picking 11 out of 13 Germany results correctly. Now it has emerged that an elephant from the locales of the Serengeti Park comes with abilities similar to Paul.

'Nelly' the elephant is no rookie! After predicting 30 of 33 results correctly from the women's FIFA World Cup in 2006, the men's FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the Euro 2012, Nelly seems to be nothing short of a football 'pundit.'

To add to her credibility, Nelly has a former Germany national goalkeeper, Sepp Maier, taking her side in her predictions.

"I share Nelly's predictions, that we will draw against Portugal and win against the USA and Ghana. So we'll stay in the tournament," he said.

Nelly also has to her credit, the correct prediction of the UEFA Champions League winner as Bayern Munich over local rivals Borrussia Dortmund in 2013.

With just eight days for the FIFA World Cup 2014 to begin, a lot of eyes will be on Nelly and the team she picks along the way during her incredible predictions.

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