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Psychic Octopus Received Death Threats

Psychic Octopus World Cup

First Posted: 07/ 8/2010 10:25 am Updated: 05/25/2011 6:00 pm

The psychic octopus known for his amazingly accurate World Cup predictions has received death threats, the Telegraph reports. Paul, the oracle octopus whose prescient premonitions perfectly predicted the outcome of all six German World Cup games, first generated anger from Argentinian fans who believe his percipient pick doomed Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Paul's keeper in Oberhausen, Germany said "there are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive."

Paul's powers reached a new level on Wednesday, when his bold pick against his current home country proved correct, bringing his World Cup record to a jaw-dropping six for six.

The beautiful and brilliant octopus accurately predicted all four of Germany's victories, as well as their upset loss to Serbia and semifinals defeat at the hands of Spain.

UPDATE: Paul's skills will be put to the test on Friday, when he may pick the outcome of two more World Cup games -- the third place game and the final:

However, this will only happen if he is deemed not too tired and still hungry.

A spokesman for his aquarium said. "We do not want to overburden him."

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