Report: Armadillo will be mascot of 2014 World Cup


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 northeastern Brazil.

Organizers will name the mascot after public consultation.

Calls to the local organizing committee for confirmation were not immediately answered.