Memorial for tentacled tipster Paul
Published 21/01/2011 | 04:31
Paul the celebrated octopus has finally got his tentacles wrapped around a soccer ball.
The Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, unveiled an outsized memorial to the World Cup's late and most unlikely star - A 6ft 6in tall plastic replica of Paul clutching a ball in his eight arms.
Aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig says Paul's cremated ashes were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside the ball.
Paul died three months ago and Munzig says fans around the world had asked for a memorial.
Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany's games at last year's World Cup plus the Spain-Netherlands final.
He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.