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This year China will be trying to predict World Cup winners, not with an octopus, but with baby pandas. 

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Paul the Octopus predicts another 2010 World Cup winner. Actually, he was looking for food. AFP photo

Baby pandas pick World Cup winners

Do you remember Paul the Octopus?

Paul, who lived in a German aquarium, became famous all over the world for predicting eight match winners in the 2010 World Cup .

Paul made his "predictions" by choosing mussels from tanks containing the flags of competing teams.

This year China will try to do the same, not with an octopus, but with baby pandas at the Chengdu Research Base in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Some of these little ones at the Chengdu Research Base will be predicting the winners of the World Cup matches in Brazil. AFP photo

During the group stages in Brazil this month, pandas aged between one and two years old, will select food from three bamboo baskets representing either a win, loss or draw.

For the knock-out rounds, the animals will select winners by climbing trees marked with the national flags of competing nations.

Adapted from an AFP story.

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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

basket: a container for holding or carrying things.Baskets are made of thin strips of material that bends and twists easily, for example plastic, wire or wicker - ตะกร้า, กระบุง, กระเช้า

compete: to try to be more successful or better than somebody else who is trying to do the same as you - แข่งขัน

contain: to store or hold something - บรรจุ

draw: a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points - เสมอกัน

flag: a piece of cloth with a special coloured design on it that may be the symbol of a particular country or organization, or may have a particular meaning. A flag can be attached to a pole or held in the hand - ธง

group stage: the opening part of a tournament where the teams/players are put into groups and compete against other group members. The top teams/players (usually two) then go on to the next stage -

knock-out round: the part of a tournament where the loser leaves the competition -

mussel: a small sea animal that can be eaten and which lives inside a black shell with two parts that close tightly together - หอยจำพวกหอยแมลงภู่

nation: a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ

octopus: a sea animal with a soft round body and eight long arms called tentacles - ปลาหมึกยักษ์

pick: to choose - เลือก

predict: to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า

prediction: a statement about what you think will happen in the future - คำพยากรณ์,คำทำนาย,การพยากรณ์

represent: to be an example or expression of something - แสดงให้เห็น, เป็นเครื่องหมายของ

select: to choose - คัดเลือก

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