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Chennai fish to predict Euro!

CHENNAI: During the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa, Paul the Octopus captured the imagination of fans across the globe, sceptics included, with his uncanny predictions of the outcome of matches. Now, Euro 2012 has inspired an assorted group of animals – from a pig to an elephant – to follow the trail blazed by Paul.

The latest to apply its ‘psychic powers’ to forecast a football win is Chanakya, a fish in Chennai.Chanakya, a Tiger Oscar species, however, is not doing it without reason. His owners expect his predictions to create awareness of 10 endangered fish species across the world and to remind football lovers to save them.

“We try to create awareness on different issues by getting people to relate to a particular trend happening at that moment,” said A J Hariharan, director of Indian Community Welfare Organisation, which oversees the predictions.ICWO had earlier organised a cricket match for people living with HIV to help them bond and show others that such people could lead normal lives. During the 2010 World Cup, they drew attention towards safe sex practices among youth by organising a freestyle football show by a young footballer.With millions of people following Euro 2012, ICWO has decided to make use of the opportunity to speak out. As part of the ‘Go Green Campaign,’ Chanakya, who lives in a glass tank in engineer Kumaresan’s house in Anna Nagar, will feed from the dish containing the flag of the team expected to win the match.

Chanakya’s act is expected to save the lives of the Bluefin Tuna, Maltese Ray, Goliath Grouper, European Eel, Bocaccio Rockfish, Winter Skate, Orange Roughy, Acadeian Redfish, Beluga Sturgeon and the Atlantic Halibut.”Chanakya is attractive and we expect it to catch the fancy of people who come to watch him. We then plan to tell them about these 10 species that are treated carelessly,” Hariharan said. Chanakya has so far no favourites, but is expected to predict the winning team at noon on June 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 27 and 29 and on July 1.

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