Octopus oracle Paul to 'retire'

BERLIN - No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle.

Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has tentacles - all seven of Germany's games and the Spain-Netherlands final - is going to retire.

The Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium's spokesperson, Tanja Munzig, told a television news channel yesterday that the intuitive invertebrate will "go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come visit to him".

Paul won worldwide attention as he called all of Germany's games right - including its semifinal defeat by Spain.

He crowned his career by forecasting correctly that Spain would beat Holland in Sunday's final.