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The tale of Paul-The-Psychic-Octopus, you'll all be shocked to learn, has taken yet another nationalistic turn, with the Spanish government stepping in to shield the cephalopod that predicted their World Cup finals berth:

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The Spanish government on Thursday expressed concern for the future wellbeing of Paul, the soothsaying octopus who from its German zoo has predicted a slew of correct results at the World Cup.

“I am concerned for the octopus... I am thinking of sending him a protective team,” joked Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero on Radio Cadena Ser. Environment and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa suggested there be a moratorium on going after Paul.
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I'm not much of a soccer fan in the first place, but I wish the World Cup could go on forever, just so I could keep writing about this. Buena suerte, Octo-bro.

HT: Dirty Tackle. Stay tuned to SB Nation through the World Cup final for all your loosely-translated psychic octopus coverage needs.