But Damn, Rio...
Brazil Just Shot and Killed Its Own Olympic Mascot
Here we go again: A jaguar that was brought out during an Olympic torch event earlier this week was shot and killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers. The local Games organizing committee is now investigating the incident, but animal welfare advocates say the big cat should never have been there in the first place.
The 17-year-old jaguar, named Juma, made an appearance at an event on Monday to commemorate the passing of the Olympic torch in Manus, the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon. She was photographed in chains alongside assault rifle-wielding soldiers and a runner holding a torch.
What the hell was a jaguar doing at an Olympic torch event, you ask? Well, a jaguar named Ginga happens to be the official mascot of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The local Games organizing committee obviously thought it would be cute to trot out an actual jaguar for a public event—an idea that has now led to the death of an animal that had been raised in captivity since it was cub.
Add to that the paraolympian who was mugged this week, the reports of water quality...like floating trash where events like rowing will take place, the zika virus looming, and we haven't even gotten into the political stuff yet that always goes with the games.
The press may have finally stumbled into a games that will fit that narrative of an Olympic disaster.