German elephant predicts French win in Euros game

41-year-old "Yashoda" removed the 'winning' country's national flag from a silver box one day before the German team plays their match against the reigning World Champions, putting her trainer in a tricky position.

"On the one hand I do want Yashoda to be right but on the other hand I have a German heart so I of course would be happy if Germany did actually win. Maybe it will be a draw and then we are both happy," said zookeeper, Michael Schmidt.

Hamburg's soccer oracle was born "in the Indian jungle" and lost track of her herd shortly after birth, according to German media reports which also said Indian park rangers took the then baby elephant to the zoo of Mysore.

In 1990, Yashoda, who weighs a hefty 3.8 tons and eats around 150kg per day, arrived in Hamburg.Now in 2021 she will try to predict Germany's soccer progress from her home in Hagenbeck Zoo."We of course hope that the elephant is mistaken and sadly pulled out the wrong flag and that Germany manages to win!" visitor Mareike Fullreide told Reuters TV.

UEFA's Euro 2020 is taking place between 11 June and 11 July 2021 and kicked off with the match between Turkey and Italy.

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