Fu Niu Lele
|Fu Niu Lele|
Fu Niu LeLe
|Literal meaning||good-luck ox happy|
The mascot, designed by Wu GuanYing (吴冠英), professor at the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University, was unveiled on September 6, 2006 at the foot of the Great Wall of China's Badaling.
Fu Niu Lele represents a harmonious co-existence between mankind and nature, it represents athletes with a disability striving to make progress, and it represents the Beijing Paralympics Games' concept of "Transcendence, Equality and Integration."
There were originally 87 mascot designs suggestions. These were discussed by a jury on December 30, 2005, and shortlisted to three designs: a Chinese river dolphin (lipotes vexillifer), and two figures from traditional Chinese mythology, the Monkey King and Ne Zha. A revising group, led by Wu GuanYing, looked over the three designs, and found that the dolphin and Monkey King designs could cause problems with intellectual property rights, while the Ne Zha was not suitable.
They considered looking for an alternative design, and Wu GuanYing came up with the idea of a cartoon cow. Wu GuanYing said "I grew up in the countryside and was once a cow herder, so I know that the cow is one of the animals closest to human beings. Cows are well-known for their friendliness and their affinity to the humans who care for them."
- Fu Niu Lele, 2008 Paralympic Games Mascot Unveiled, btmbeijing.com, November 30, 2006
- Beijing Unveiled 2008 Paralympics Mascot, btmbeijing.com, September 3, 2006
- Happy Cow the Paralympic mascot, chinadaily.com.cn, September 7, 2006
- The Official Mascot of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Fu Niu Lele, Official website of Beijing 2008
- Beijing Paralympic Mascot Fu Niu Lele unveiled, Official website of Beijing 2008, September 6, 2006
- 'Lele' embodies nature and athletic triumph, People's Daily Online, September 8, 2006
- The Official Mascot of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (English)
- The Official Mascot of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Chinese)
- Fu Niu Lele costumed characters at Beijing 2008 on YouTube
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