Punters misery as Paul the Octupus dies - who will replace him?
The latest estimates suggest that Paul had cost the betting industry in the region of a million pounds by correctly predicting the outcome of so many World Cup matches but despite this William Hill will be sorry to see him go.
"Paul stimulated interest in the World Cup, so surprisingly he was probably good for business overall and we were looking forward to a re-match at the Euro 2012 Champpionships. But the good news is that we understand that London Zoo might have something up their sleeve for the Euros and we can only hope it is not a Cheetah," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
What Animal will be the official Euro 2012 predictor at the London Zoo?*: 3/1 Octopus, 7/2 Seahorse, 5/1 Lobster, 5/1 Turtle, 6/1 Crab, 8/1 Meerkat, 10/1 Cheetah, 16/1 Rhino,
The Official Animal To Correctly Predict The Winner Pre-Tournament: 100/1
*All Bets Void Should The Zoo Decide Not To Produce A Predictor