He was able to accurately forecast the results of no fewer than eight FIFA matches, including the final when Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0.
Born in Weymouth, England, Paul died peacefully at the age of two in his aquarium in Germany.
“Following his correct prediction that Germany would defeat England, he was slammed by the British press”, says Deutsche Welle, going on:
“Then, when he said Germany would fall to Spain, he was the subject of death threats by sushi-hungry Germans.
“The episode prompted Spanish leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to call for Paul to be given bodyguards, while the country’s industry minister offered him free passage to Spain to ‘ensure his protection’.”
However, he may yet “continue to dazzle the world with predictions from beyond the grave”, says Reuters, adding:
“A Russian newspaper said in July it had got Paul to predict who would be Russia’s next president – but that the results would be kept secret until the election year of 2012.”
So stay tuned.
predict the future – Paul the octopus foretells FIFA results, July 7, 2010
Deutsche Welle – Plucky Paul the octopus meets his maker, October 26, 2010
Reuters – World Cup soccer’s psychic octopus dies in Germany, October 26, 2010
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