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Octopus Paul gets World Cup

Octopus Paul the oracle octopus was given a replica of the World Cup on Monday as a reward for his perfect predictions in picking matches as bettors worldwide collected their winnings based on his selections.

Paul will go back to his old job “making children laugh”, a spokeswoman for the German aquarium said.

The octopus correctly predicted the outcomes of all seven of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final.

As a reward, aquarium staff presented him with his very own replica World Cup trophy garnished with his favourite food – mussels.

Tanja Munzig, of the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, said they had received offers for Paul but he was not for sale.

“There are a lot of offers for Paul from betting offices and other areas. One thing is clear: Paul is staying with us,” she said.

She added he would now “step back from the official oracle business”.

“He won’t give any more oracle predictions – either in football, or in politics, lifestyle or economy. Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.”

Paul made his uncanny predictions for each game by choosing a mussel from one of two jars bearing the flags of World Cup opponents. The two-year-old cephalopod quickly became a worldwide celebrity.

Paul’s home at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen has been inundated with visitors and media from across Europe. Many networks broadcast his picks live. Hundreds were on hand to watch the World Cup replica lowered into his tank on Monday.

Seemingly unimpressed with his star status, Paul at first ignored the golden trophy – adorned with three mussels – placed in his tank.

But after several minutes he finally picked off a mussel and devoured it in front of TV cameras.