After becoming a hero for correctly predicting eight results at the World Cup, Germany’s octopus oracle Paul is set to be signed up by Madrid Zoo.
This move comes on the back of correctly predicting Spain would beat Holland in last Sunday’s final and defeat Germany in the semi-final.
Madrid Zoo spokeman Amparo Fernandez confirmed: “An unspecified amount of cash has been offered for the purchase of Paul, who is now a hero in Spain.”
A statement from the zoo itself read: “We hope that within the next few days we will be able to confirm news that the admirable Paul will be part of the club of the most loved and charismatic animals of the Madrid Zoo.”
The Madrid Zoo also offered an exchange with the aquarium Oberhausen where Paul currently resides – promising coral or sharks – or to beat any financial offers. They also promised Paul would “receive the utmost attention, a reflection of the great affection that all Spaniards profess for him since he predicted that the Spanish squad would win the World Cup”.
But the German aquarium is playing hardball. Like a club whose player is coveted by Manchester City, they are not going to let Paul go on the cheap. A businessman from Madrid has already had a €30,000 bid turned down.
Octopus is a delicacy in restaurants throughout Spain, but Fernandez insisted there was no way Paul would end up being served up on a restaurant plate if he is moved to the Madrid Zoo.
“For God sake no!” she said. “It’s so people could see him here.”