Ukraine gets octopus oracle for EURO 2012   2011-03-28 19:18:36 FeedbackPrintRSS

KIEV, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Alushta Aquarium has got its own octopus oracle who will predict the results of matches during soccer Championship EURO 2012, Viktor Zhilenko, the director of Alushta Aquarium told Xinhua on Monday.

"Octopus's name is Pavlik. The staff of aquarium will teach him to see the future like German octopus Paul," Viktor Zhilenko said.

Paul was the most famous star in South Africa World Cup 2010. He tipped the outcome of all seven Germany's games and the Spain-Netherlands final correctly. He made his forecast by opening one of two boxes with a national flags. He died in October 2010 at the age of two in the Oberhausen Sea Life Center where he lived.

The name for the small Ukrainian octopus was not chosen at random. Pavlik is the Slavic version of the name Paul. The octopus is very unusual, the director of Alushta Aquarium told while adding: "Pavlik weights only 300 grams, but he can raise aquarium decorations, weighing 10 kilograms with a help of his tentacles."

The Ukrainian octopus already has noticeable features of predictor. He correctly guesses the tasks given him by aquarium staff.

Pavlik came to Ukraine from Singapore. Now he has perfect conditions in Alushta's zoo. He has a huge aquarium and fresh muscles and crabs for breakfast every day.

Pavlik will get his first public examination as an oracle on April 4 when Ukrainian soccer club Shakhtar Donetsk fight against Barcelona in the Champions League. Octopus will guess the outcome of the match. Enditem

Editor: Lu Hui
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