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Friday, April 10, 2009

Octopus Genius Attracts the Masses

From: AustrianTimes.at, April 6, 2009

A "handy" octopus is currently the main attraction at Vienna’s Haus des Meeres aquarium.

Keepers hide the unnamed spineless genius’ food inside a jar, which they then screw up inside a second jar before dropping it into his tank. The octopus opens the contraption using his tentacles before devouring the contents.

The stunt has become a massive attraction, especially for children, who head to the octopus’ aquarium at 11am everyday, as that is dinner time for the witty animal.

Last year, the Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea) had a record number of visitors. More than 336,162 people visited the aquarium in 2008, a 33-per-cent increase on 2007.

The Haus des Meeres, located in the WWII-era anti-aircraft tower in Esterhazy park in Vienna’s Mariahilf district, had to report bad news in 2007, when six of its nine sharks died while being transferred to their new, bigger aquarium.

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