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Law-flouting 80% accurate footy-mad lion risks jail to make World Cup prediction

A lion that predicts football results with “80% accuracy” has made its first predictions for the World Cup.

Apex predator Chao Boy is however flirting with jail time due to Thailand having strong anti-gambling laws.

The director of Khon Kaen Zoo in northeast Thailand, Narongwit Chodchoi, says that the nine-year-old lion has an innate knack for getting head-to-head calls bang-on at a rate of four in every five.

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Chao makes the predictions via the use of chickens, with two whole plucked birds hung up on the flags of the two teams playing.

The Boy then leaps up, grabs his preferred winner and scoffs it at the foot of whichever team he’s backing.

Anticipation ahead of the World Cup is huge already with the first game of the tournament between hosts Qatar and Ecuador set for Sunday (November 20).

The Group A clash has already been predicted by Chao – who adopted a best two out of three approach.

He scoffed the poultry under the Qatar flag twice and Ecuador once, meaning if this lion in Thailand is as serious as he’s claimed to be, Qatar have a lot to look forward to on the opening weekend of their tournament.

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The alpha also threw his hat in for the November 21 fixture between England and Iran on Monday (November 21) and Senegal v Netherlands on the same day.

He reckoned that both England and the Netherlands would be bringing home the bacon in these particular fixtures, in a positive first sign for Gareth Southgate’s men.

The Thaiger reports that Khon Kaen Zoo has however stressed that the predictions are in no way an effort to encourage gambling as it would be a breach of Thailand’s 1935 Gambling Act.

Breaches of the law can lead to between one to three years behind bars and a hefty fine, depending on the gambling that takes place.

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