Singapore bird Mani the Parakeet has jumped on the bandwagon of Paul the Oracle Octopus and has predicted the Netherlands will be crowned World Cup 2010 champions.

The 13-year-old long-tailed parrot, who works as an ‘assistant’ to a Indian roadside astrologer Muniyappan had reportedly earlier also predicted the outcome of the Spain-Germany semifinal and all the quarter-final ties with 100 per cent accuracy, but only came into prominence once it picked a card with the Netherlands flag well ahead of any other prediction for the final.

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People are seeking Mani’s help to place their bets on the game. Muniyapan’s business too has seen an upswing and he was quoted as saying that he now gets about 10 customers in an hour compared to the 10 he would get on a regular day.

Meanwhile, Paul the Octopus’ handlers announced that the eight-legged oracle will first predict the outcome of the third-place playoff game between Germany and Uruguay to be held on Saturday night before forecasting the outcome of the title game.

WATCH Mani the Parakeet pick the result of Sunday night’s final.


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