Armadillo Unveiled as 2014 World Cup Mascot

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The mascot of the 2014 World Cup is a yet to-be-named endangered armadillo.

Organizers made the announcement Sunday on a television show with the participation of former Brazil star Ronaldo. The mascot's name will be decided after input from the Brazilian public.

The three-banded armadillo, which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened and is commonly found in northeastern Brazil.

The mascot carries the colors of the Brazilian flag. It is yellow, with green shorts and a blue shell and tail. It is dressed in a white shirt with the words "Brazil 2014" written on it.

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