Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero has jokingly offered state protection for Paul, the psychic octopus, who has received death threats from German fans over his World Cup predictions.
Paul, from Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, had predicted the outcome of all six of Germany’s matches, including the 1-0 semi-final loss to Spain, by choosing to eat food from boxes adorned with the flags of Germany and its rivals.
Now Spain’s politicians are worried that some German fans may take their “revenge” on the octopus for their team’s exit.
“I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a protective team,” News.com.au quoted Zapatero, as saying.
Spanish Environment and Fisheries Minister, Elena Espinosa, suggested a moratorium on going after Paul.
“On Monday, I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for…..