Paul the Octopus, who rose to prominence for his accurate predictions of Germany’s matches, has died.
Said to have been born in January 2008 in Weymouth, England, the octopus predicted the correct result of all but two of Germany’s games during Euro 2008, failing only to predict the defeats to Croatia and Spain.
At the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he maintained a 100% record, getting all Germany’s results right before opting for Spain to beat Netherlands in the final.
The octopus would select teams by choosing a food item from one of two boxes covered with the respective countries’ flags.
He was given a replica World Cup trophy for his efforts during the tournament in South Africa.
Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany that housed Paul, said they are planning to give him a small burial plot and erect a modest permanent shrine.
His owners rejected offers from bookmakers for Paul after the World Cup as they wanted him to “step back from the official oracle business”, but his final prediction was that England would win the rights to host the 2018 World Cup.
But just like any other great oracles, Paul could not predict the day of his death!