The next Paul the 'psychic' octopus?

Paul the 'psychic' octopus at his aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany in July 2010
The much-loved Paul died a few months after becoming an international celebrity; a memorial was even made in his honour

The hunt is on to try to find a successor to the late Paul the 'psychic' octopus.

Paul captured global attention after he successfully predicted the results of all of Germany's seven games at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final.

Each time he opened a box marked with the winning country's flag and ate the mussel inside.

There are now eight contenders in the race to become the next 'psychic' octopus for the Women's World Cup.

One of the those in the running is Lola from France, aged around five months, who lives at the Sea Life Centre in Munich.

Jens Bohn, who works at the aquarium, thinks she is in with a good chance, and he he told BBC World Service that Lola is both "intelligent" and a "quick learner".

He has been training her in preparation for her first test on Friday, when she and the seven other octopuses will attempt to predict the winner of the opening game between Germany and Canada.

But could there ever really be another Paul?

"Perhaps we'll discover that Paul was the only one, the magic one, and the others are just normal octopuses," admits Bohn.

"Nobody knows, but it's worth a try, isn't it?"

Sixteen teams, including England, are taking part in the Women's World Cup in Germany, which runs from 26 June until 17 July.

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