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World Cup mascot faces extinction

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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.

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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.”

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