Paul the octopus lived at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. He was not privately owned.
This was an interesting controversy that sprang up in the wake of his world cup predictions. While the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany was his official home, other countries laid their claim to Paul for various reasons.
England said it owned Paul, stating he was born in Weymouth prior to his trade to Sea Life Aquarium. Italy claimed that Paul the Octopus was caught in Italian waters and that Italy is his “rightful homeland.” France has claimed that Paul was found near Elba, Napoleon’s home in exile, and is therefore truly a French octopus.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero even offered Paul political asylum in the wake of Spain’s World Cup victory and the many death threats Paul has received. “I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a protective team,” stated the Prime Minister.
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