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Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Mascot Attacked, Government Agency Says

A replica of Brazil’s 2014 soccer World Cup mascot, a native armadillo made of plastic, was stabbed at dawn today in downtown Brasilia, the government’s news agency reported.

For security reasons the 7-meter (23-foot) tall, damaged figure, was removed and police have no suspects, the agency said. Last week another model of the mascot was destroyed during street protests in the southern city of Porto Alegre.

The world soccer governing body FIFA announced the three-banded Armadillo, an endangered species native to Brazil’s central and northeastern savannas, as the official mascot in September.

Unlike the smiling, colored mascot holding a soccer ball in its hand, the real-life version is a brown, rodent-like creature capable of rolling into a ball within its shell.

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