Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat
France in World Cup final
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[July 18, 2018]
KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) -
Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia
will defeat France in Sunday's World Cup final.
Two halves of water melon were laid on in Buyan's enclosure in the Royev
Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. One half of the melon
had a small French flag planted in it, while the other had the Croatian
flag sticking out of it.
Buyan, a male Siberian brown bear, sauntered up to the water melon
halves, momentarily sniffed at the French one, before shuffling across
to the Croatian water melon. He then proceeded to sit down next to it
and munch away enthusiastically.
Buyan is one of a menagerie of animals in host country Russia that have
predicted the outcome of World Cup games, with rivals including Sochi's
Harry the otter, Samara's white goat Zabiyaka, St Petersburg's cat
Achilles, Kaliningrad's hippos Milya and Glyasik and Nizhny Novgorod's
Their predictions have not always been accurate. A Croatian victory
would be a huge upset, with France firm favorites to win the World Cup
for a second time.
(Writing by Christian Lowe and Anton Derbenev; Editing by Susan Fenton)
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Buyan, a male Siberian brown bear, attempts to predict the result of
the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia during
an event at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia July 14,
2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin