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Last Updated: Tuesday July 13 2010 07:03 GMT

Footie-predicting octopus retires

Paul the predicting octopus

One of the stars of the South Africa World Cup is retiring - Paul the predicting octopus!

Paul lives at an aquarium in Germany and correctly predicted the results of all seven of Germany's games as well as the Spain v Netherlands final.

When the tournament ended, staff presented him with his own model of the World Cup trophy, complete with treats.

But now the aquarium says Paul will now retire to do what he likes best - play with his handlers and delight visitors.

Spokeswoman Tanja Munzig said: "He won't give any more oracle predictions - either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy.

"Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh."

During the tournament, Paul made his predictions by choosing a snack from one of two glasses that were put in his tank showing the flags of the sides playing.