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TrueVisions subscribers need not despair if their TV screens go dark for the kickoff of Euro 2012 because we already know who will win the first match from animal "psychics", both here and abroad. 

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Citta, a 33-year-old female Indian elephant, picks a melon which indicates a Polish victory over Greece in their Euro 2012 opener. AFP

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Poland to beat Greece, say animal oracles

Tik, a seven-year old male seal at Dusit Zoo, picks Greece to lose. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

TrueVision subscribers need not despair if their TV screens go dark for the kickoff of the 2012 Uefa European Football Championship.

The thrill is gone because we already know that Poland will beat Greece in the opening match. That is the conclusion of two prognosticators from the animal kingdom that made their predictions known yesterday.

In Warsaw, a 'psychic' 33-year-old elephant named Citta made her first Euro 2012 prediction by happily picking a melon marked Poland.

Citta correctly chose Chelsea over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

Her choice was documented with pictures on the website of the zoo in Krakow, southern Poland, where she lives.

The management will seek her opinion before every Poland match and throughout the latter stages of the tournament until the final on July 1.

Here in Thailand, the Dusit Zoo’s resident oracle is Tik, a seven-year old male seal. Tik actually picked the loser – Greece – by putting a ball with the Greek colours through a basket at the side of its pool. Above the basket was a sign “Pae” (lose).

If either Citta or Tik falter in their predictions, we can always turn to an octopus named Paulus in the Sea Life Aquarium in Porto, Portugal of to Fred the ferret in a zoo in Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

female – of the sex that can lay eggs or give birth to babies, being a woman or a girl ตัวเมีย, เพศหญิง
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ให้สัญญาณ
victory – winning a competition or a battle ชัยชนะ
oracle – a person, book or, in this case, an animal that gives the best information or advice on something; a type of priest in ancient Greece who told people what would happen in the future or who gave them advice from the gods ผู้พยากรณ์
subscriber – someone who pays money to an organization in order to receive a product, use a service regularly or support the organisation  ผู้ใช้บริการ
despair – to feel that there is no hope and that you can do nothing to improve a difficult or worrying situation รู้สึกสิ้นหวัง, หมดหวัง
thrill – a sudden feeling of being very excited and pleased ความรู้สึกตื่นเต้น
conclusion – something that you decide is true after consider all the evidence and thinking about it carefully การสรุป,บทสรุป
prognosticator – a person, or, in this case, an animal who makes statements about what will happen in the future ผู้ทำนาย
the animal kingdom – the group all living animals อาณาจักรสัตว์, โลกของสัตว์
prediction – a statement about what you think will happen in the future คำพยากรณ์,คำทำนาย,การพยากรณ์
psychic – a person or, in this case an elephant, who seems to have strange mental powers so that they can do things that are not possible according to natural laws, such as predicting the future คนที่ไวต่อพลังจิต
document – to record the details of something  บันทึกข้อมูล
opinion – your feelings or thoughts about somebody/something, rather than a fact ความเห็น, ความคิดเห็น, ทัศนคติ
latter – the later part of a period of time ส่วนหลัง
stage – a part of an activity or process or a period of development ระยะ, ช่วง, ตอน
tournament – a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left การแข่งขัน
resident – a person (or animal) who lives in a particular place ผู้พักอาศัย
falter – to become less effective and successful  ลังเล, พิโยกพิเกน
octopus – a sea animal with a soft round body and eight long arms called tentacles  ปลาหมึกยักษ์
aquarium – a building with where people can go to look at fish and other water animals which are kept in large glass containers also known as aquariums พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำ, สถานที่เลี้ยงสัตว์น้ำ,บ่อเลี้ยงปลา
ferret – a small thin furry animal with a long tail that people use for hunting rabbits and rats สัตว์คล้ายพังพอนใช้ไล่ล่าหนูหรือกระต่าย
host – a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event เจ้าภาพ
co-host – one of two countries, cities, groups, people, etc. which provide the space and other things necessary for a special event เจ้าภาพร่วม

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