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Paul the Octopus successor to be chosen from duck, chicken and more

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There are a host of animals out to become the next big thing. CREDIT: Maz Online.

A German paper is looking for a successor for Paul the Octopus, who thrilled football fans all around the world by correctly predicting results at the 2010 World Cup, by asking fans to pick between a 10-animal list for their next oracle.

In 2010, out of his aquarium at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, Paul rose to global prominence by predicting all seven of Germany's World Cup games correctly. But the tentacle tipster retired after the final between Spain and Netherlands. Later that year, Paul died aged two-and-half-years.

Now local paper MAZ, based in Brandenburg, has a list of possible replacements including a chicken called "Kathe," a donkey called "Django," a cat, a one-eyed beagle, two dogs, a rabbit, an Ushant sheep called "Schmusi," a horse, and an Indian runner duck.

All the candidates have an individual set of skills which could make the perfect Paul successor. For example Gregor, the Indian runner duck, loves to pick between slugs and bugs and thus would be the ideal oracle, his owners told the paper.

But according to Ilja Behnisch, a Berlin-based sports journalist, "Kathe" the chicken, named after the former national team coach Rudi Voller's nickname, should be the frontrunner. He told ESPN FC: "Kathe is the only oracle with at least signs of international class. She could be headed towards international stardom."

Kathe, Schmusi and Gregor currently lead the race, with the voting still open until Sunday.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

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