Float­ing voter: ‘Psy­chic’ In­dian fish picks Trump

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A “psy­chic” fish in In­dia yes­ter­day picked Don­ald Trump as the next pres­i­dent of the United States, hours be­fore Amer­i­cans head to the polls. Chanakya II, a flow­er­horn ci­ch­lid fish, was given three chances to pick be­tween two float­ing sticks bear­ing a photo of Repub­li­can Trump or his Demo­cratic chal­lenger Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The crea­ture, which has a bul­bous fore­head that re­sem­bles the ex­trav­a­gant coif­fure of the real es­tate mogul, swam to­wards Trump all three times. Chanakya II’s first of­fi­cial pre­dic­tion sees him join the swelling menagerie of sooth­say­ing an­i­mals. His pre­de­ces­sor, Chanakya I, was fa­mous for ac­cu­rately fore­cast­ing win­ners in foot­ball and cricket matches, his own­ers at the Chen­nai-based NGO In­dian Com­mu­nity Wel­fare Or­ga­ni­za­tion said.

There have been nu­mer­ous “psy­chic” an­i­mals since Ger­many’s foot­ball or­a­cle, Paul the Oc­to­pus, suc­cess­fully tipped the win­ner of eight-straight matches dur­ing the 2010 World Cup. All eyes are on the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as a di­vi­sive 511-day cam­paign comes to an end with ei­ther the coun­try’s first fe­male pres­i­dent or a pop­ulist prop­erty ty­coon poised to en­ter the White House. More than 40 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have al­ready cast bal­lots in states that al­low early vot­ing, with opin­ion polls sug­gest­ing Clin­ton has a slim edge. — AFP

CHEN­NAI: In­dian or­ga­niz­ers watch as fish named Chanakya swims to a por­trait of US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, (left), float­ing along­side a por­trait of US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton in a fish tank, dur­ing an event in Chen­nai yes­ter­day.

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