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Lets know Fuleco, FIFA World Cup 2014 Mascot
Fuleco the Armadillo is the official mascot for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which will start from today, June 12. It is a species of armadillo, which is native to Brazil and categorized as vulnerable species.

The mascot has been depicted as Brazilian three-banded armadillo with a white T-shirt on which "Brasil 2014" has been inscribed. Since this vulnerable species of armadillo is found only in Brazil, the mascot also brings into focus rich biodiversity of the country.

Conservationists across the globe have appealed to the organizers of FIFA World Cup and football fans to come together to rescue the unique Brazilian armadillo that is fast approaching extinction.

One may be surprised to know that the Brazilian armadillo was declared extinct in the 1990s but was rediscovered in eastern Brazil. From a distance, the Brazilian armadillo looks quite a bit like a soccer ball and it can roll like a ball to defend itself.

The mascot name ‘Fuleco,’ has been created by joining the words for soccer (“futbol”) and ecology (“ecologia”) and FIFA has donated some funds for the welfare of the armadillo and its habitat in Brazil. The FIFA mascot has got the nickname ‘tatu-bola’ in Brazil.

Fuleco’s awareness has grown all over the world as people had been interacting with him on Facebook.

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