Paul the octopus ready to retire
By QMI Agency
Germany's so-called oracle octopus Paul was given a replica of the World Cup on Monday as a reward for his perfect eight-for-eight record. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)
After a perfect eight-for-eight record in this year's World Cup, Paul the octopus is set to retire from predicting the outcome of sporting matches.
The oracle octopus correctly predicted Spain would win the soccer championship on Sunday by picking food out of a box with Spain's flag on it -- choosing it over the food in a Netherlands box.
Paul, who resides in a Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, received death threats for his predictions, with some soccer fans taking to Twitter to suggest calamari recipes he could be used in.
"I bet every Dutch person wants a Paul the Octopus sushi roll right now," Twitter user Shibuya_Enjin said Monday.
Dutch fans at the game wore outfits or had signs that said, "Screw the octopus."
PETA Germany has called for Paul to be released into the wild.
"It is extremely thankless, imprisoning the intelligent octopus in order to use it as an oracle," marine biologist Dr. Tanja Breining of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a release on the PETA Germany website.
Although his prediction days are over, Paul won't completely retire. Sea Life spokesman Tanja Munzig said he will "do what he likes to do best: Play with his handlers and delight children," the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper reported.
In his career of soccer predictions, Paul was only wrong once -- he incorrectly said Germany would beat Spain in the UEFA European Football Championship finals.
He was given a replica World Cup trophy Monday for his perfect streak of correct predictions during that tournament.