A psychic Chinese cat known as Baidian’er became very popular on social media after it predicted the match between Argentina and Nigeria.
Fans trusted its judgement after six straight correct results in a row – including Croatia beating Argentina, and Argentina’s late win over Nigeria – and photos of the “psychic cat” got thousands of likes.
The cat, Baidian’er made its “predictions” by choosing between two bowls of cat food bearing the national flags of competing teams.
According to China Today, its winning streak was cut short on Monday when the cat, believed to be around seven or eight years old, died at a local veterinary clinic from blood clots resulting from a congenital heart defect.
Some staff had set up a microblog account on Weibo to keep fans updated on the popular cat’s health after they found it ailing on Friday last week and took it to the clinic.
On Monday, staff broke the news that Baidian’er had died.
“We’re sorry, we have to let him go,” the post read, alongside a black-and-white photo of the moggie.