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Octopus oracle Paul to retire

sports Updated: Jul 12, 2010 20:02 IST
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No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs - all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final- is going to retire.

The Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium's spokeswoman Tanja Munzig told AP Television News on Monday that the intuitive invertebrate will "go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come visit to him."

Paul won worldwide attention as he called all of Germany's games right - including its semifinal defeat by Spain. He crowned his career by forecasting correctly that Spain would beat Holland in Sunday's final.