SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazil's leading newsmagazine says the mascot of the 2014 World Cup will be an armadillo.
The official announcement is not expected until October, but Veja reported this weekend that organizers have already picked the animal as the mascot.
The Brazilian three-banded armadillo, which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened. It is commonly found in north-eastern Brazil.
Organisers will name the mascot after public consultation.