The Brazilian three-banded armadillo, native to the country's north-east, is capable of rolling itself into the shape of a ball when it feels threatened.
Veja added that tournament organisers will only make an official announcement regarding their choice of mascot in October via FIFA.
The decision to make the armadillo mascot was backed by the Caatinga Association, a NGO whose mission is to protect the biodiversity of north-eastern Brazil.
The three-banded armadillo—known as a 'tatu-bola' in Brazil - is an endangered species.
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