'Psychic' octopus that predicted Japan's World Cup results killed

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He never saw it coming.

Meanwhile, the octopus credited with predicting the outcome of Japan's previous three matches had already met its demise ― sold as seafood, outlets reported.

Rabiot - a giant Pacific octopus from Hokkaido seemingly named after French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who was left out of France's squad - became a national phenomenon after it predicted Japan's win over Colombia, draw with Senegal and loss to Poland as they squeezed out of group H.

Rabiot made the predictions by moving to different parts of a paddling pool.

One Twitter user speculated that Rabio's death had sealed Japan's fate in their heartbreaking last-gasp defeat against Belgium on Monday, denying them a place in the quarter-finals.

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Local fisherman Kimio Abe, Rabio's owner, told Japan's Mainichi that he was happy Rabio correctly predicted all three of Japan's group matches.

"I hope that the second Rabiot will also give all the outcomes correctly and that Japan will go all the way", Abe said, according to Sora News 24. It looks like Rabiot may have had his revenge.

In 2010, German octopus Paul correctly predicted six World Cup games, amassing an impressive overall tally of 12 correct match picks out of a total of 14.

Sadly, Paul passed away in October 2010 aged two-and-a-half, without having the chance to pass on his psychic genes to any offspring.

There are many animals that have been touted as psychic for their abilities to predict World Cup results, including an adorable white feline called Achilles, who is also deaf. However, the cat incorrectly backed Nigeria in that team's 2-1 loss to Argentina.

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