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Psychic octopus Paul receives death threats

2010-07-08 10:05:34 GMT2010-07-08 18:05:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" 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. (Source:

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Paul the psychic octopus proved himself a prophet again by successfully predicting Germany's loss to Spain in the World Cup semi-finals. And now he receives threats from fans of the losing teams.

Paul now not only faces the wrath of Argentinian supporters who expressed a desire to eat him in an act of vengeance, but also the German fans' eager to see psychic octopus on the menu, according to Telegraph reports.

However, Paul's keeper Oliver Walenciak said: "There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive."

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