Close

Country

News

World Cup mascot faces extinction

1684 views

Digital writers
theweathernetwork.com

Monday, June 16, 2014, 8:09 AM - Need something cute to start your work week?

Meet Ollie, a three banded armadillo at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

Experts say he's getting into the FIFA World Cup action, but there’s no word if Ollie was able to make a goooooooooooooooooal.


VOTE NOW: Do you care about the World Cup? Vote here!


The Brazilian three-banded armadillo, which happens to be the official mascot of this year’s Brazil World Cup, could face extinction. That’s according to the latest global assessment of at-risk species.

It is one of only two species of armadillo (the other is the southern three-banded armadillo) that can roll into a ball, making it a meaningful symbol for the World Cup.

In the last 10 years, it has suffered a 30% decline in population due to the loss of half its shrubland habitat.

Officials say it is listed as “vulnerable to extinction.”

With files from Telegraph.co.uk

World Cup not just for those on earth
Paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup, thanks to robotic exoskeleton

Leave a Comment

What do you think? Join the conversation.
Default saved
Close

Search Location

POINTCAST

Look up Canadian postal code or US zip code

Close