If you thought African safari would be all about terrain raiders, the big cats and the elephants…think twice, for no other animal friend of mine has attracted more eyeballs in this World cup than the sea voyager, eight-limbed oracle- Octopus!
Two year- old Paul, the octopus who was born in Britain and later moved to the German aquarium in Oberhausen has been quite a sensation in FIFA world cup 2010 with a cent percent record when it came to predicting German team’s results at the 4-year event.
Paul became an internet phenomenon after correctly predicting Germany would beat Australia in their opening match, then lose to Serbia, then beat Ghana. He’d also correctly forecast German wins against England and Argentina and the heart-wrenching loss of Germans against Spaniards in semifinals.
However, as with humans, rather than celebrating the Oracle octopus, the angry German fans are calling to kill Paul, the psychic octopus, who had predicted that Spain would win the do-or-die clash. During the semifinal, many German fans were singing anti-octopus songs. According to a local newspaper, there have been “a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter … suggesting Paul should be fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella”.
I wonder if frying an octopus would lead to a final berth! As always, I hope sanity prevails.
Meanwhile in Britain, Alfie – a two-year-old dog is making heads turn with his incredible football skills. Nicknamed as Ronaldog for his awesome dribbles, Alfie just might be the midfielder the team England needs 🙂