Paul the psychic octopus wins his own 'World Cup'



Paul the psychic octopus wins his own `World Cup` Berlin: What do you give the global superstar who has everything? This was the dilemma facing staff at aquarium home of Paul the octopus whose knack for predicting World Cup games has catapulted him to fame.

In the end, as a reward for correctly "tipping" all eight games he predicted -- seven Germany games and the final itself -- Paul's German handlers dropped a shiny golden replica of the coveted Jules Rimet trophy into his tank.

The eight-legged oracle, who now has more than four times as many fans on social networking site Facebook as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seemed particularly pleased with his prize, wrapping several tentacles around it.

In the wake of his phenomenal success, speculation has been rife about what Paul will do next.

One tongue-in-cheek bookmaker gave punters the chance to place a bet on Paul's future career.

They offered odds of 8-1 that he would become a bookmaker himself, 20-1 that he would release a record, 100-1 that he would unveil his own brand of calamari, 250-1 that he would become Merkel's new advisor and 1,000-1 that he would become part of a paella.

A firm of financial analysts in London wrote in an otherwise serious research note that Paul had been headhunted to join a major Wall Street firm in its foreign exchange department to predict future currency moves.

But aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig poured cold water on the rumours.

"Paul really enjoyed the attention, but now he is going to go back to his old job, entertaining visitors and putting a smile on the faces of the children," she said.

Paul may need a rest after his stressful World Cup. After backing Spain against his resident Germany, he began to receive death threats with many wanting to put the salty soccer soothsayer on the barbecue.

When -- of course -- his prediction was proved correct, some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd in Berlin turned nasty, singing anti-octopus songs.

The honour of both Paul and his mother was called into question.

Bureau Report