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    Image: Twenty-one-year-old female seal Sarasa controls a soccer ball as part of an event cheering for Japan's national soccer team's success at the upcoming the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, during a new show at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium

    Animal Tracks: World Cup edition

    A seal that loves soccer and 16 more photos of the World Cup craze hitting the animal kingdom

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    Swim with the fishes -

    A South Korean diver clads in soccer uniform swims with sardines for South Korean team's success in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, on June 9.

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    Check out my hair -

    Brazilian fans gather in the surroundings of the FIFA Fan Fest in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, on June 12.

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    Heading -

    Twenty-one-year-old female seal Sarasa balances a ball during a new show in support of the national football team for the upcoming the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, on June 5.

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    Get it! Get it! -

    A dog wearing Brazil's team colors arrives for the Group F match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, on June 15.

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    Predictive penguin -

    Two-year-old African penguin named Aochan, wearing the Japanese soccer team jersey, prepares to make a prediction on the result of Japan's 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, on June 13.

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    Sea lion soccer -

    Six-year-old female sea lion Chanto, wearing Japan's national soccer team uniform, controls a ball during a new show in support of the national football team for the upcoming the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, on June 5.

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    Fishy foreshadowing -

    Archerfish predict Japan's victory in their 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast by hitting the plate coated with bait and written with the word "Win" at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, on June 13.

    Issei Kato / Reuters
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    Norman knows -

    The armadillo called Norman, Germany's World Cup oracle, approaches the soccer ball representing Germany as he makes his prediction for the team's opening World Cup match against Portugal on June 16, at the zoo in Muenster, Germany, on June 13.

    Ina Fassbender / Reuters
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    Sporting the colors -

    A Mexican soccer fan walks her dog, clad in a jersey of Mexico's team, after Mexico's win over Cameroon in their 2014 World Cup soccer match, at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City, on June 13.

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    Going for the goal -

    An otter plays with a soccer ball at the Zoo of Santa Fe in the city of Medellin, Colombia, on June 12.

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    Enthusiastic elephant -

    People look at an elephant painted with the Brazil flag during a performance to celebrate the 2014 World Cup in Bangkok, on June 13.

    Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters
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    When doves fly -

    A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12.

    Ivan Alvarado / Reuters
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    Another octopus oracle -

    An octopus named Hacchan predicts Japan's victory in their 2014 World Cup soccer match against Ivory Coast by choosing the mock goal with the Japanese national flag, at Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo, on June 13.

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    Winner! -

    A dog with a Brazilian flag sticker on its head, touches a replica of the World Cup trophy as a visitor takes pictures during an event to celebrate the upcoming 2014 World Cup, in Wuhan, China, on June 12.

    Darley Shen / Reuters
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    Patriotic pup -

    A dog wearing a Chilean national soccer team jersey plays with Chilean national flags beore the start of its travel with its owners from Valparaiso city to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, on June 6.

    Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters
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    Sheep support -

    A sheep, dressed in a jersey in the colors of the Colombian national soccer team, grazes on grass during an exhibition, prior to the 2014 World Cup in Nobsa, Colombia, on June 1.

    Jose Miguel Gomez / Reuters
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    Psychic turtle -

    A turtle named "Cabecao," or Big Head, swims in a pool in Praia do Forte, Brazil, on June 10. The turtle, Brazil's answer to German octopus Paul who started the psychic animal craze during the 2010 World Cup.

    Lucio Tavora / AP
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