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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2010-10-27 09:03:11
     

    File picture shows octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" as it predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Germany by choosing a mussel from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the German flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 6, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

    Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this year's World Cup, died Tuesday.

    Paul had reached the octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning in an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said.

    Paul seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes, Vieregge added.

    "We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed," Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll said in a statement.

    The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident, he said.

    "We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds, and erect a modest permanent shrine," Porwoll said.

    After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands - the result of which he also forecast correctly - and returned to his prime role of making children happy.

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    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? China Daily 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong
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