Memories of the Cold War were re-ignited last night when popular octopus Paul was handed over to the Indonesian authorities in exchange for ring-necked Mani.
Until recently, few had heard of Mani but his cover was blown when he swaggered out of an illicit gambling den in downtown Jakarta, having ruffled a few feathers in predicting the results of every one of the World Cup games ever played. Perched for success and sporting a fresh sprig of millet, it couldn't be long before the caged genius' cover was blown.
Paul and Mani finally met in Vienna, having flown there first class courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund and Simon Cowell who could smell some business. The swap nearly didn't take place though as Paul's passport photo was missing but fortunately an eagle - eyed diplomat spotted another one in July's Practical Fishkeeping.
It is currently believed that Mani will return home to Bird World in Farnham whilst Paul is expected to do the Sea Life Centres circuit around the UK. The anticipated press conference did not reveal any further details, however, as Mani was too focussed on some sunflower seeds and an underwater microphone failed to pick up Paul's thoughts on Peter Mandelson's forthcoming memoirs.