The parakeet named Mani made his prediction for the World Cup championship game by coming out of his cage and grabbing one of the two cards lying face-down in front of him. The card he chose held the flag of the Netherlands.
Now Paul the psychic octopus has some fierce competition, and both creatures' reputations are at stake. Paul chose Spain to win on Sunday, and he has had a 100% success rate
But 13-year-old Mani has also been predicting the outcome of the World Cup games. According to Yahoo News
, the owner of the feathered oracle said Mani correctly predicted the outcome of the World Cup's four quarterfinal games and Germany's defeat to Spain in the semifinal game.
M. Muniyappan, the bird's owner, is an 80-year-old fortune teller who has used his avian companion to predict the future for the past five years.
"People usually want help picking the lottery numbers, or when to get married," said Muniyappan. "Then gamblers started asking about the World Cup."
Muniyappan said he now gets about 30 people a day willing to pay for his psychic powers, which is up from maybe 10 a day before Mani became famous.
Muniyappan and Mani can see into your future for the fee of $7. A customer named Ali said he was having financial problems and wanted to know when his bad luck would change. He was told by Muniyappan that his fortunes would turn around in two weeks.
"I've come to him before to know when my luck will change," Ali said. "I believe in him and the bird."
But not everyone is happy with Mani's World Cup championship prediction.
"I'm disappointed because I want Spain to win," said Jimmy Wong, a 20-year-old student. "Now I'm not sure which team to bet on."