Wales beats Russia, football championship group winners


This video is called Wales 3-0 Russia (EURO 2016) – All Goals & Highlights [HD] 20/06/2016.

It ended 3-0 for Wales.

Wales has won Group B of the Euro 2016 football championship.

To celebrate, three videos, one for each goal, about birds in Wales.

This video is about barn swallows in Wales.

This video is about a jackdaw and herring gulls in Wales.

This video is called Rookery of Nesting Rooks at Harlech Castle, Wales.

Albania 1-Romania 0 at Euro 2016 football, celebration with birds


This 19 June 2016 video is called Romania vs Albania 0-1 (EURO 2016) All Goals & Highlights HD

Unexpectedly, tonight the Albanian football team beat Romania 1-0.

Albania is for the first time ever at a European football championship. Tonight, their first ever championship goal brought them their first ever victory.

This may mean that Albania will make it to the final 16 championship teams.

To celebrate, a video about birds in Albania.

The video says about itself:

20 April 2016

Part 2 of our Animal Geography series focuses on the European country of Albania! The Albanian national animal is the Golden Eagle, join Connel as we look at the Golden Eagle, and wildlife in Albania.

Northern Ireland 2-Ukraine 0, celebration with bird videos


This video is called Ukraine vs Northern Ireland 0-2 All Goals & EXTENDED Highlights (EURO 2016).

Today, at the European football championship in France, Northern Ireland, where only 1,8 million people live, beat the favourite Ukrainian team two goals to zero.

To celebrate, these two videos about bird life in Northern Ireland.

This March 2013 video is called Birds in my North Antrim garden.

This July 2015 video is called Birds at Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve, Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

Iceland 1-Portuguese favourites 1, celebration with birds


This football video is about Icelandic footballer Bjarnason’s goal in the Portugal vs Iceland 1-1 match at the Euro 2016 – 14/05/2016.

And it stayed one goal each. A success for Iceland, for the first time ever at European championships!

To celebrate, here this video about birds in Iceland.

The video says about itself:

Diverse bird habitats make Northeast Iceland the richest birding area in Iceland, in terms of number of species and abundance of birds. Nearly the entire European population of Barrow’s Goldeneye breeds here and nowhere else will you find higher density of the Gyr Falcon. The Northeast has the bulk of the Icelandic population of many species, such as Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe and Rock Ptarmigan.

And this video about birds in Portugal.

Will koala predict Germany-Ukraine football correctly?


This 11 June 2016 video is about koalas.

Talking about koalas; from the Times of Malta today:

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 09:49

Animal ‘oracles’ predict Euro 2016

The late “octopus oracle” Paul shot to fame when he predicted Germany to win the 2010 World Cup.

And now, a koala in Germany is predicting the outcome of Euro 2016.

Director of Leipzig Zoo, Joerg Junhold, says he is the perfect animal to do so.

“Well, we believe he is neutral and sees the events here in Europe very relaxed. Therefore, as an impartial arbitrator he is very well suited to make a prediction.”

Refusing to choose between two Eucalyptus branches, Oobi-Ooobi predicted Germany will draw with Ukraine.

But Astrid says Ukraine will triumph.

The German sea lion has competition from France’s Watson.

Watson picked his own country as the clear winner of Friday evening’s match.

But will any of these animals reach the notoriety of Octopus Paul?

Koala predicts European football championship results


This 10 May 2016 video shows koala Oobi-Ooobi in Leipzig zoo in Germany.

Tomorrow, the European football championship will start in France with the France-Romania match.

What will the results be? I don’t know. But some animals may know:)

From Deutsche Welle in Germany:

Koala to serve as ‘animal oracle’ at Euro 2016

Animals purported to have psychic powers have become tradition at major sporting events in recent years. Now a koala at a zoo in eastern Germany is being put forward as an “oracle” for the European Football Championship.

The Australian marsupial, named Oobi-Ooobi, joins a long list of animals from elephants to octopi who have been recruited to predict the outcome of soccer games.

Leipzig Zoo offered up Oobi-Ooobi as a possible oracle candidate on Wednesday for Germany’s national football team during the Euro 2016 in France.

However, the zoo acknowledged it had not consulted the German Football Association about its initiative, but backed Oobi-Ooobi as a viable, clairvoyant contender.

“As an Australian, he’ll have an impartial view of the football matches,” a zoo spokeswoman told DPA news agency.

Oobi-Ooobi arrived at Leipzig Zoo in April [from Belgium], where he’s already proven a hit with the public. But as far as clairvoyant creatures go, he’s got some big shoes to fill. Four years ago, Paul the Octopus from the German city of Oberhausen became a worldwide phenomenon after accurately predicting the winners of all of Germany’s matches at the 2010 World Cup.

Paul, who has since passed away, communicated his supposed insights by choosing between two glass boxes of mussels – one with the German flag and the other bearing that of the opposing team. The case he opened first was deemed to be his predicted winner.

A number of different animals have since been conscripted into the prediction business in Germany. Nelly the Elephant from Lüneburg Heath, for example, made predictions by shooting a soccer ball into two different goals. Hitting the goalpost assigned to the opposing team apparently meant Germany would win their next match.

This music video is called Nellie The Elephant (Toy Dolls).

Then there was Momario, a tortoise from Schleswig-Holstein, who had to choose between national flags made of green leafy veggies. Armadillo Taka from Erfurt chose winners by eating boiled chicken skin.

Leipzig Zoo says Oobi-Ooobi will be called on to make his first prediction on June 12, when Germany takes on Ukraine. But zoo officials are yet to reveal how their marsupial will channel his psychic talents.

Koalas, known for their round fluffy ears and large black noses, often sleep up to 20 hours a day and feed almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves. The zoo is currently cultivating 23 different eucalyptus varieties at a special plantation north of Leipzig in order to cater to its oracle’s needs.

Oobi-Ooobi isn’t the zoo’s first animal oracle. In 2013, a Malayan tapir named Baru was made to predict the outcome of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Dortmund. In that case, Baru’s bite into a kohlrabi representing Dortmund’s black and yellow colors, unfortunately, proved incorrect.

Another Leipzig Zoo resident, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, gained international fame with her role as oracle in the 2011 Academy Awards. The animal became an internet sensation with hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook. She also made an appearance on American TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she predicted the winners of three Oscar categories.

25 May 2016

As for me, I won’t predict. I hope some small country, like Iceland, Albania, Wales, six counties Ireland or twenty-six counties Ireland, will win. But I can never be sure about that.