The country’s favorite rodent has been selected to be the official mascot of the Juegos Deportivos Nacionales this year. The sports events are being held in the southern zone, which is a break with tradition.
The mascot is the paca (Cuniculus paca) or, as they are called in Spanish, tepezcuintles, They are a gentle, fruit and nut munching forest animal, But the mascot looks a bit more active. He is called Terpez. The games will be in San Vito, Ciudad Neily and Golfito this year.
The mascot was unveiled Monday at the legislature by Jorge Angulo Mora, who represents that area. The designer was identified as Pablo Castillo.
Next year the games, which involve many high schoolers, will be in San Carlos, Los Chiles, Upala, Guatuso y Zarcero.