1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Duolingo
  4. >
  5. This site needs a new mascot

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SockofBadKarma

This site needs a new mascot

The owl isn't cutting it, people. Why? Because Duolingo's destined mascot is already in the name!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olingo

Considering the recent discovery of the olinguito, this change is both relevant and rational. Promote the sciences and knowledge of the world by choosing to have a rare, localized species as the mascot instead of the commonplace owl!

His name can be Duo. Duo the olingo, mascot of Duolingo. It's poetic, really. Make it happen!

August 16, 2013

50 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

That is slander...it was obviously Photoshopped!!! Our dear, sweet owl would never commit such an atrocity. jajaja


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

He did what had to be done :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/earth8847

Well that is... weird


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

That's brilliant ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salxandra

ok, you made me laugh. riley. which is really sick.

And, I'm PRO- OLINGO !!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeviFlint

hahahah! beyond awesome.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bird_Brain

Oh Riley! That picture is horrible but also quite alluring.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine1999

The owl as a criminal? Mhmmm, I think that we discovered some of his dark secrets...;D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Save the owl!!! Now, I'm going to have to stop practicing Spanish and go make signs that read SAVE OUR OWL*. My Spanish will suffer! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

salve nuestro búho!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salxandra

We NEED both!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alia_La_Canta

Duo is a good friendly owl who's already well associated with Duolingo, so I think Duo should stay. Its good friend Lingo the Olingo can join him, and then they can do conversation practises together ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

Excellent idea. jajaja


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/r_i_l_e_y

It's a good idea, but too late in my opinion. My allegiance is to the owl. And besides the time and effort put into developing Duo the Owl (which suits the green theme, can we have a green Olingo?), I imagine the dev team would be quite attached to it.

PS. I looked at the wiki page and the Olingo looks like a grumpy bastard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salxandra

The Duo Olingo could be Duo the Owl's side kick. Sort of like, Robin for Batman


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yamarrin

I second this :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

I like your thinking.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SockofBadKarma

Does it really? Does a green owl make any more sense than a green olingo? At least olingos live in rainforests; most owls are out in, like, dead brown places. And hey, we can make a happy olingo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicolasDC

Nahh. Duo is awesome. Unless you want a war over it, then I would drop it now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zippzopp

I never heard of the "wise olingo" but I have heard of the "wise owl" a couple of symbols for the Owl, wisdom, as in wise owl, or you can say he gives a hoot. I look to the owl for wisdom and because he does give a hoot about my learning, ha ha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

owl second that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

Groan...... :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duttagupta35504

We are followers of Athena. Why should we abandon her for some green mammal?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oheim

I second this. I second any forced pun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espace13

I like the logic behind this. However I love the owl more. He's so cute! :D No offence to any oilingo lovers out there but the olingos are just not as cute as owls. And owls represent knowledge which is perfect for a language site, :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

¡¡¡Viva Duo!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikevir

Stick with the owl! A crying olingo with or without a sweat band is just not that attractive. You see, tears and sweat just roll off feathers where on a mammal it's just so much wet fur. That poor owl weeps for me too many times as it is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

I hadn't considered the wet fur factor...everyone knows how badly wet fur stinks....now, I'll probably have nightmares...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pixelstuff

noooo! I only make good progress here because I can't help but touching Duo's cute beak on my ipad many times a day!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/McLabraid

Maybe they could form a Duo (Puntastic)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VinhLive

I'd be fine with it. Just don't make it look ugly or scary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sebaslunaa

Save Duo! He's the special one. Also, that Olingo is ugly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vii_Rain

Nope, the owl has been here as our mascot from the beginning, and I don't want a brown olingo tampering with the ideologies behind the design. The color scheme, for one, would have to be revamped, and do you want to see "brown mud" as the new environment, or a green olingo? The former just sounds drab and ugly, and the second would remind me of a moldy rat. If you had suggested a hamster on a hamster wheel, with a cool, circus-y environment - I'd think again. The hamster keeps running, as the learners keep learning. But this, the green owl, sticks. Because now, whatever new logic someone comes up with, the owl, makes sense. The green terrain that soothes the eye as we learn new languages, isn't something we want changing. It's too late for something else. That's my two cents anyway.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

lighten up and recognise a joke when you see one...:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cincyfaith

At the top of the page it says Bassaricyon. Just pointing that out.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NYLizards

I think it is great


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vvHills10

I like duo the owl!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vvHills10

duo is already cute and the team cannot draw a olinguto. Duo the owl is so pleasing for the team!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

You have a point, but the original Duo is cute and he is a wise owl. Wise owl = wise you! The olingo is cool though. Lyarra, it was not photoshopped. It is a real animal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra

Hi, I wasn't referring to the animal, I was referring to the link that was posted above my reply:

http://i.imgur.com/WvBGebg.jpg


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

Oh. That is definitely photoshopped. And its awful. Animal cruelty! ANIMAL CRUELTY!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

I like the olinguito.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/The_D

The owl shall not be replaced by some rat monkey!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

NOOOOOOOOOO SAVE THE OWL!!!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Loup

Wet fur? That's a no-go. Nuh-uh. No way.

Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.