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Munich, Germany


Frieda the octopus can’t seem to keep a lid on things. After watching her keepers at the Hellabrunn Zoo twist open glass jars, Frieda learned the move herself! Pressing the lid against her body and grasping the jar with her suckered tentacles, Frieda powerfully twists her boneless body to unscrew the lid.

PICKY EATER  But the two-year-old octopus isn't opening jars just to pass the time between SpongeBob SquarePants shows. "She'll open only jars containing her favorite foods, such as shrimp, clams, and crabs," says curator Beatrix Rau. "The jars with everyday fish she just ignores."


Text by Gail Skroback Hennessey

Photograph by Serban Enache,

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