Zabivaka: Russia 2018 World Cup mascot

Do you know Zabivaka? it is about themascot of World Cup Russia 2018. This cute animal represents a anthropomorphic wolf, that is, a Wolf that has human characteristics. The mascot was developed by Design student Ekaterina Bocharova and chosen by popular vote, with 53% of the votes. He was running for election with a tiger and a cat, who won, respectively, 27% and 20%.

What does Zabivaka mean? What is the function of the mascot?

The name Zabivaka means "the one who scores the goal", in Russian. Its function is to encourage fans, inviting them to follow the World Cup. In addition, pets represented by animals make us reflect on the species that inspired their creation, showing the need for preservation.

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Zabivaka is a wolf

Gray wolf was the most widely distributed mammal species in the world.
Gray wolf was the most widely distributed mammal species in the world.

As stated earlier, Zabivaka represents a Wolf. There are different types of wolf, the gray one being the most relevant. In the past, gray wolves were the kind of mammal most widely distributed in the world. Currently, however, this species has already ceased to exist in some parts of the globe. According to

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), currently, the gray wolf is extinct in much of Western Europe, Mexico and part of the United States.

Characteristics of gray wolves

The gray wolf is a canid who lives in flocks, at packs. Packs are generally made up of a breeding pair, their offspring, and a few non-breeding individuals. The pack helps to take care of the puppies, which, in the first weeks, are burrows. In the first month of life, they feed on milk and, later, on the food brought in by the members of the pack.

with approximately eight months old, begin to travel with the other adult wolves. When they are a year or two, they can leave the group and look for a mate to form another pack. These animals can live about 13 years and reach their sexual maturity with approximately 3 years deity.

Wolves can live about 13 years
Wolves can live about 13 years

Communication takes place mainly through howl. This signal is used in different situations, such as to alert that some danger is near, to communicate to the group that a hunt is beginning/ending or, still, to warn other wolves that that region is another's territory group.

the wolves are carnivorous animals that feed mainly on ungulates, like deer and moose. Their diet is quite varied, also consisting of cattle, carrion and, sometimes, garbage. Attacks on humans are rare, and this behavior is not much observed. It is worth noting, however, that the destruction of your habitat and the lack of food in the natural environment end up increasing the contact between these animals and humans, which can favor attacks.
By Ma. Vanessa Sardinha dos Santos

Source: Brazil School - https://brasilescola.uol.com.br/educacao-fisica/zabivaka-mascote-copa-mundo-russia-2018.htm

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