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November 16, 2010

Photo by Cliff1066. Some rights reserved.

Recently-departed Paul the psychic octopus was featured not once but twice on our site. Now it seems that other animals are trying to steal the late mollusk’s preternatural thunder: Bo Si, a giant panda living in Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, China, was asked to predict the nationality of the first gold medalist at the Olympics.

Bo Si favored China amid calls of foul play: the panda was asked to choose between an apple, representing a foreigner, and a shoot of bamboo, representing China (pandas, as the world’s most misguided bear, live on a diet that is 99% bamboo).

Adding insult to injury, Paul himself was immediately replaced by another psychic octopus.  The new cephalopod’s name?  Paul II.

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