The mayor of the northwestern Spanish town, Carlos Montes, travelled to Germany where he presented the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium with a silver plaque and a replica statue of its best-known cephalopod.
Paul also received a sumptuous meal of mussel meat and was given a friendly stroke.
“He was very trusting and enjoyed being stroked,” a Spanish spokesman said.
Paul obtained near cult-like status during the World Cup and his predictions were broadcast live in the later stages of the tournament in South Africa. He was spot-on in his predictions of all seven Germany games and also got Spain’s win over the Netherlands in the July 11 final right.
Carballino has invited Paul to take part in a large octopus celebration in early August. But he will stay put in Germany, despite five-figure purchase bids from around the world.
SOURCE: THE HINDU dated 23-July-2010