, a couple of months old already, just gets more bizarre the further in you get...
Basically, the staff at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, had been baffled when several times in a row, there was a short-circuit after a lamp over one of the acquaria broke at night.
A spokesman explained: "It was a serious matter because it shorted the electricity supply to the whole aquarium that threatened the lives of the other animals when water pumps ceased to work."
So they decided to take shifts sleeping on the floor to find out what caused the mysterious blackouts. And "it was on the third night that we found out that the octopus Otto was responsible for the chaos." Apparently, Otto was "annoyed by the bright light shining into his aquarium":
The culprit of the smashed glass and broken lamp is two foot seven inch Otto.
We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water.
But that's not all!
Director Elfriede Kummer who witnessed the act said: "We've put the light a bit higher now so he shouldn't be able to reach it. But Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts so we have realised we will have to keep more careful eye on him - and also perhaps give him a few more toys to play with.
"Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better - much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants."
Juggling hermit crabs!!??
Otto the Octopus is my new hero.