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Paul the Octopus' successor makes public debut

The football oracle's successor is revealed to the public in Germany, but his keepers are unsure whether the new Paul will be as insightful in match predictions.

Paul the Second swims in his new tank. His predecessor died last week of natural causes.
Paul the Second swims in his new tank. His predecessor died last week of natural causes.

OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY // Paul the Octopus' successor has made his public debut — but his keepers are not yet promising deep soccer insight from the youngster.

The 5-month-old, also named Paul, tentatively explored his new tank at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen today. Paul hails from near Montpellier in southern France and weighs nearly 300g. He made his debut after two months in quarantine.

The original Paul correctly predicted the outcome of eight matches at the football World Cup in South Africa this summer. He died of natural causes last week.

It is not clear whether Paul the Second will also try his tentacles at forecasting.

Aquarium manager Stefan Porwoll said he was "actually supposed to meet his fellow octopus and media star personally and learn from him," the news agency DAPD reported.