'Mystic' polar bear predicts All Whites win over Mexico at Confederations Cup

  • 21/06/2017

A polar bear is tipping the All Whites to upset Mexico at the Confederations Cup football in Sochi tomorrow.

Nika the 'mystic' polar bear has made some big predictions for the tournament so far, and it's good news for the likes of  the All Whites, world champions Germany and hosts Russia.

The orphaned bear, who lives at Moscow Zoo, follows in the footsteps of 2010 FIFA World Cup sensation Paul the Octopus.

Nika was rescued last year in the village of Ryrkaipiy (Chukotka), located on the migration route of polar bears. She was between eight and nine months old at the time and would not have been able to survive in the wild.

"It's amazing that Nika got the first couple of matches right," said Deputy Director of Moscow Zoo Nadejda Zaiko.

"I always knew she was a clever girl. I hope this practice for next year's World Cup will truly show off her skills"

Now healthy and growing fast, Moscow Zoo are hoping she will play a valuable role in their reproduction and conservation programme.