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‘Fuleco The Armadillo’ And Brazil Team Up For World Cup

What do you get when you cross an endangered animal with one of the worlds most popular sports? Fuleco the Armadillo. Thanks to deforestation in Brazil, the Caatinga Association has declared the armadillo the official mascot for the 2014 World Cup, hoping that it will draw attention to the plight of the tiny creature. The mascot’s name, Fuleco, is a mash-up of the Portuguese words for football and ecology. Having an armadillo serve as mascot is fitting, considering that when scared, the animal curls into a shape that looks like a tiny, tan soccer ball. Let’s hope drunken World Cup fans don’t force the mascot Fuleco to curl up fetal for an impromptu session of wall ball drills.

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