Cat Achilles made a prediction for the match Portugal-New Zelandiae in the confederations Cup

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty in fotomontage the Hermitage cat Achilles. Archival photoCat Achilles made a prediction for the match Portugal-New Zelandiae in the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty the image Bank

Hermitage cat Achilles chosen by the Oracle of the confederations Cup, predicted the victory of the Portuguese national team in the match with New Zealand, reported RIA Novosti veterinarian Hermitage cats Anna Kondratyeva.

Football match between Portugal and New Zealand will be held on Saturday at the stadium «Saint-Petersburg» at 18.00. If the islanders, losers in the tournament in both games, already lost their chances of reaching the semi-finals, the Portuguese (4 points) enough to draw. In parallel to the meeting in Kazan will face the national teams of Russia (3) Mexico (4).

Predictions côte Oracle makes in the Hermitage. Achilles must choose between two bowls of food, next to which are the flags of the teams. What bowl fits cat, that team will be considered the winner. This time Achilles had to choose between Portugal and New Zealand. In addition to the bowls of food next to also put cat houses.

«Before the cat was also supplied two houses with flags of the countries participating in the match, and Achilles today for the first time made a choice, he climbed into a house with a flag of Portugal,» — said Kondratiev.

The first forecast of the cat Achilles has come true: on June 17 before the game between Russia and New Zealand, he went to the bowl with the flag of Russia, and in the evening of the same day, our team won over new Zealanders with the score 2:0. The following prediction he made on June 22 and predicted the victory of Australia over Cameroon, but the team played a draw with the score 1:1.

Earlier it was reported that among all the cats living in the Hermitage, was chosen as the most stress-resistant and human-oriented cat Achilles. This eight month old white cat, living in the Winter Palace since birth. Achilles lives with congenital deafness, perhaps that is why he sharpened intuition, curiosity and humanity. Experts have noted that the cat Achilles selected Oracle due to its ability to the selection, analysis, strange, unusual behavior, suggesting that it may something to guess.

Hermitage cats can trace their history from the beginning of the EIGHTEENTH century, when Peter the great settled in the Winter Palace brought a cat from Holland. Later, the Empress Elizabeth issued a «Decree of expulsion to the court of cats.» Catherine the Great — the founder of the Hermitage gave the cats the guardians of the picture galleries. The tradition of keeping cats in art galleries for protection from rodents was broken only once — during the siege of Leningrad. After the great Patriotic war, the animals went to the tens and the Museum was organized a special service for the care of unusual «staff.» Currently in the Museum basement has about 50 cats and dogs.

Cat Achilles made a prediction for the match Portugal-New Zelandiae in the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti, Infographical behavior at the games of the confederations Cup 2017