26 October 2010

World Cup prognosticating octopus passes away

Paul the Octopus, famous for his psychic abilities in this year's World Cup, has passed away due to natural causes.

The two and a half year old octopus gained much fame during the 2010 World Cup for accurately predicting the outcomes of all Germany’s results, and also predicted that Spain would win the final game.

According to CNN,
His caretakers set him up to make predictions for a particular match by draping boxes in his tank with the national flags of teams that were set to play each other. The boxes contained octopus food. The caretakers divined Paul's pick by watching to see which box he opened first.

Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany where Paul was kept, said that the octopus had amazed the world with his predictions.

Porwoll is deeply saddened by the death of Paul stating, "We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here. We had all naturally grown fond of him and he will be sorely missed."

The aquarium is currently arranging funeral plans for the beloved Paul the Octopus.

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