Octopus oracle Paul to retire

2010-07-12 14:46

No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle.

Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly

predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs – all seven

of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final – is going to retire.

The Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium’s spokesperson Tanja Munzig told

AP Television News today that the intuitive invertebrate will “go into

retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight

children who come to visit to him.”

Paul won worldwide attention as he called all of Germany’s games

right, including its semifinal defeat by Spain. He crowned his career by

forecasting correctly that Spain would beat Holland in yesterday’s final.

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