Zakumi, a dreadlocked leopard has been unveiled as the official World Cup mascot for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Zakumi, born on June 16, 1994, when new South Africa emerged after the apartheid regime, is a party-loving animal we are told.
The name is supposedly a composition of "Za", the common abbreviation for South Africa and "kumi" meaning "friend" in various African languages.
The mascot was designed by Andries Odendaal in Cape Town.
World Cup Willie was the first World Cup mascot, created for the 1966 World Cup in England.
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