Octopus in a Box
AP
Truman squeezed his flexible frame into the acrylic box while trying to snag a tasty lunch of crabs. He spent about 30 minutes in the box before slithering out, delighting staff and guests who witnessed the spectacle.
updated 3/6/2009 10:57:55 AM ET 2009-03-06T15:57:55

What is 7 feet long, weighs 30 pounds, has eight arms and fits in a box slightly larger than a milk crate?

Truman the octopus.

Truman squeezed into a clear, acrylic box while trying to snag his lunch at the New England Aquarium in Boston.

Aquarium workers often place food inside locked boxes for the intelligent animals to crack open. It's what the aquarium calls an "enrichment activity," but it didn't go as planned Thursday.

In this case, crabs were locked in a smaller box inside the bigger box, which is 14 inches per side. The impatient Truman bypassed the locks and squeezed his body through a 2-inch hole in the exterior box.

He spent about 30 minutes inside before slithering out, delighting staff and guests who witnessed the spectacle.

He never did get the smaller box open.

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