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World Cup predictors: Who's the next Paul the Octopus?

(YouTube, AP)

These animals have some big tentacles to fill.
It's been a few years since the death of Paul, the octopus who shot to meteoric fame with his incredible World Cup predictions in 2010.

With the master gone, the field to become the next great World Cup predicting animal is wide open. From a soccer-playing elephant to a pooping guinea pig, these animals have had various levels of success.

Based on group play predictions, though, it seems no one can replace Paul. Here are some of the most popular prognosticators, in increasing order of success percentage (counting ties as a possibility. After all, they don't have to choose). It seems predicting random games in more than just your group yields the best results, though predicting all the games (like Carly the chicken) brings the record back down a bit.

  1. Big Head the turtle
    Country: Brazil (Group A)
    Record: 1-2

  2. Madame Shiva the guinea pig
    Country: Switzerland (Group E)
    Record: 1-2
    Follow her on YouTube (in French and Dutch!)

  3. Nelly the elephant
    Country: Germany (Group G)
    Record: 1-2
    Predicted the US to beat Germany

  4. Carly the Chicken
    Country: Canada (Not playing)
    Record: 24-24
    Predicted Germany to beat the US
    Follow her on YouTube.

  5. Shasheen the camel
    Country: United Arab Emirates (Not playing)
    Record: 8-7
    Follow him on his official site.

  6. Flopsy the kangaroo (aka Predictaroo)
    Country: Australia (Group B)
    Record: 5-3
    Follow her on Twitter

  7. Dillon the Armadillo
    Country: England (Group D)
    Record: 9-5
    Follow him on YouTube.
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