x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Spanish town honours Paul the octopus

The psychic cephalopod who predicted Spain's triumph in the World Cup was feted in the town of O Carballino and given a bronze likeness of himself.

BERLIN // Psychic octopus Paul may have retired but he's still basking in the glory of his perfect World Cup predictions. Paul's German aquarium says the eight-legged oracle was declared an "honorary friend" of a Spanish town in a ceremony and presented with gifts including a bronze likeness of himself.

Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany's games plus Spain's victory over the Netherlands in the final. Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, says a delegation led by Carlos Montes, mayor of the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino, presented the statue and a football shirt with the number eight. O Carballino had previously sought - unsuccessfully - to borrow Paul to promote a seafood festival. * Associated Press