Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during the football World Cup last year for his flawless record in predicting the outcome of games, will get a shrine to mark three months since he died, his aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany said last Monday.
The tentacled tipster was honored on Jan. 20 with a “Paul Corner” at his former home, containing his ashes and a “huge memorial,” the center in western Germany said.
“There will be a statue around 1.8m (6ft) high of Paul, on top of a football, in the middle of which will be a see-through window with the golden urn containing Paul’s ashes,” spokeswoman Tanja Munzig told AFP.
Watched by a myriad of reporters, Paul would head to one box, wrench open the lid and gobble the tasty morsel, with the box he plumped for being deemed the likely winner.
Paul’s astonishing ability made him a global media phenomenon. His later predictions were carried live on rolling news channels in Germany.
He died peacefully in his sleep aged nearly three in October last year, sparking hundreds of messages of condolence from his Facebook fan club, whose ranks have more than tripled since his death to 200,000.
The aquarium unveiled a replacement, a French octopus named Paul II on Nov. 3 last year.
The new cephalopod has not yet been tested on the field of play although speculation is rife that he could be wheeled out for the next European championship in Ukraine and Poland in 2012.
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