Rio De Janeiro
The announcement of the three-banded armadillo becoming the official mascot of the 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil came in September 2012; today the mascot was given a name: “Fuleco”.
Following a popular vote among Brazilian fans, the three-banded armadillo, chosen as the mascot of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has been given a name: Fuleco. In the popular vote held in Brazil during the past weeks, 48 percent chose “Fuleco”, while 31 percent preferred “Zuzeco” and 21 per percent opted for "Amijubi".
The interesting animal is endemic to eastern Brazil and is commonly known as Tatu-bola because it has the ability of rolling into a ball when threatened. The three-banded armadillo, known to science as Tolypeutes tricinctus, is considered a vulnerable species mostly because of the destruction of their habitats to raise livestock.
Fuleco is a fusion of the words "futebol" (soccer) and ecology. According to FIFA, the chosen name reflects the passion of Brazilians for football (soccer) and their commitment to the environment.
Fuleco has his own website and his Twitter account (@ FulecoArmadillo), from which he celebrated the official name: "Thank you Brazil! There were more than 1,700,000 votes. Now I have a name and it is Fuleco".