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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Dortmund will win, animals claim

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Borussia Dortmund are set to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday, according to oracles across a number of zoos in Germany.

• Sammer hits back at Klopp

The great Paul the octopus, based at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, died in 2010 after having attracted worldwide fame for his football predictions. Nonetheless, there have been numerous successors to "The Tentacled Oracle" in Germany, and all signs point to an upset at Wembley.

Walter the orangutan, based in Dortmund's zoo, backed his hometown club to claim a second European crown after local paper Ruhr Nachrichten had asked zookeeper Eddie Laudert to place two hessian sacks containing the two sides' shirts on Walter's high seat.

After initially moving towards the Bayern shirt, Walter favoured the Dortmund jersey, although his attempts to slip it on were unsuccessful.

While Walter may be biased, oracles in zoos in Leipzig and Aue also selected Jurgen Klopp's men.

In Leipzig, Saxony, an Asian tapir named Baru chose a black-and-yellow kohlrabi over a red-and-white option. The news of the tapir's support will come as no surprise to BVB midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz, who looks after one of the animals at the Dortmund zoo.

A neutral experiment conducted in Aue, Saxony, saw two Oriental small-clawed otters, named Ferret and Mormel, opt for snacks placed in the Dortmund corner of their compound over snacks in the Munich corner.

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