World Cup 2014 - Video: 'Psychic' turtle chooses Mexico to beat Brazil

After correctly choosing Brazil to win their opener against Croatia, Big Head the turtle is back with his latest prediction...and it's not good news for the hosts
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After Paul the Octopus' reign of dominance of predicting results in the 2010 World Cup ended with his death, a new star has officially arrived on the scene.

Big Head, the 'psychic' turtle who resides near the beach village of Praia do Forte, predicted that Brazil would overcome Croatia on Thursday.

And it proved to be a good omen, as Luiz Felipe Scolari's team - with the help of Neymar, Oscar and of course Big Head - opened the World Cup with a 3-1 victory in Sao Paulo.

To help identify his choice of nation, workers at the Brazilian Sanctuary pin a flag of the nation above a hanging fish, with the World Cup Brazuca ball representing a draw. Whichever fish the turtle eats represents his choice of team to win, or the ball if a draw.

However, it appears that the turtle has turned against the home nation after a lacklustre performance, and has, in his latest prediction, opted for Mexico to record a shock victory.

Big Head is one of many animals to predict World Cup matches, with a whole host hoping to reach the dizzy heights of Paul the Octopus' success four years ago.


If he proves to be a success once again, it might be worth getting him to judge on England's match with Costa Rica on Thursday.