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World Cup oracle cat adopted by Russian family

World Cup oracle cat adopted by Russian family

St. Petersburg, 21 July 2018 (MIA) - Achilles, a white-furred Hermitage male cat, who gained global fame after making predictions for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has been adopted by his vet Anna Kondratyeva and her family, the Russian State Hermitage Museum employee Maria Khaltunen informed during a press conference, TASS informs.

"We have considered 37 candidates, and people guaranteed that Achilles would have a happy life and that they would not come in the way of his social work: he visits hospitals and is very good at communicating with sick children," Khaltunen, the unofficial press secretary for the Hermitage cats, stated. "We have selected one final candidate, and many would agree that this is the best choice for Achilles - the Hermitage’s cat owner will be Anna Kondratyeva."

Kondratyeva, the vet for all Hermitage cats, constantly monitors Achilles’ health and takes part in the events which involve the cat. In particular, she was one of the organizers of the World Cup predictions. sk/16:23

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