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Ohio zoo gets new octopus

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo has landed a new giant Pacific octopus to replace a recently deceased octopus that was one of the zoo's most popular attractions.

Officials at the Akron Zoo say that Cora the octopus died July 6 from what appears to be natural causes. Her age was unknown.

The new octopus is smaller than Cora, weighing about 8 pounds. Cora weighed about 20 pounds.

Cora was the star attraction at the zoo's reef exhibit.

She gained some fame after she chose her own name last year using a tentacle to select one of three balls containing name submissions from the public.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the zoo plans to hold a similar naming contest for the new octopus.