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Rio de Janeiro unveils weird new Olympic and Paralympic mascots

Rio 2016 Olympic Mascots

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Rio De Janeiro announced mascots for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and they are somehow cute, ageless hybrids of Brazilian wildlife.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmGuf-qWmoA

Rio De Janeiro decided to go with Pokémon-esque mascots for their go-around, perhaps learning a lesson from the CGI nightmares of the Sochi games. The Olympic athletes get the goldenrod yellow cat-like mascot, who, like Hello Kitty, is not really a cat. According to the mascots’ website, the Olympic mascot is a superior fusion of all Brazilian animals, who can “stretch as much as it wants, run faster, jump higher, and be stronger,” and can “imitate the voice of any animal.” Basically, it’s your standard X-Men mutant packaged in a cute little non-cat character.

The tree-like Paralympic mascot seems way more chill, being a hybrid of “all the plants in the Brazilian forests.” Tree mascot’s special powers lies in his ability to conceal things in his hair in a Gretchen Wieners-like twist: “To get myself out of any jam, I pull the craziest objects out of my head of leaves.”

Both mascots were “born” on Oct. 2, 2009, but their ages are “not counted like yours, so nobody knows exactly what it is.” The mascots are still unnamed, letting the public vote for the names for each of the respective mascots. The choices are the following:

- Oba and Eba
- Tiba Tuque and Esquindim
- Vinicius and Tom