You may not have heard about Yvonne the cow, Kasimir the alpaca and Xaver the bulldog (unless you live in Germany), but you’ve likely heard about the hugely popular Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus. Sadly, Paul died two years ago and now German animal rights activists are concerned for the well being of other animal ‘psychics’ — like Yvonne, Kasimir and Xaver — who are being used increasingly as sports prediction pundits by German TV channels. “Every station has its own animal,” said the country’s Tierschutzbund group. With Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy looming, the group are concerned that many other animals are being mistreated in the name of entertainment. via BBC News