Paul the octopus a hot commodity

A Madrid zoo has promised to give
“whatever demanded” to get the new national hero from Germany to
Spain.

While Paul the octopus is enjoying
his well-deserved retirement days in his home in Oberhausen, Germany, the bid for
his last transfer is getting heated in Spain.

A zoo in Madrid has said it would
trump any offer made to Oberhausen Sea Life centre for the celebrity octopus.

“We are negotiating with
Oberhausen zoo to get Paul here for a short term stay or indefinitely.

“We are prepared to swap Paul
for any animal that they may want. We are ready to pay for it,” a
spokesman said.

“There is no agreement
yet.”

However several other offers are
being made for the world’s most wanted octopus.

A Galician town mayor is about to
travel to Germany to help smooth any transfer, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

The Madrid zoo has received dozens
of emails from Spaniards asking for Paul to brought to Spain after Vicente Del
Bosque’s team won the World Cup.

Paul became a national hero after
forecasting Spain’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands.

Earlier Paul had made headlines
across the world by predicting all seven of Germany’s tournament results.

The Madrid zoo spokesman said much
could be learnt from the octopus.

“The octopuses have more
educational than conservational value.

“They are very intelligent and
can be used as a tool to communicate environmental values to our youngest
visitors.”

She assured that Paul would be
offered the best living conditions and that it would receive lots of love in
Madrid.

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