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

There can be only one.

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

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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That is slander...it was obviously Photoshopped!!! Our dear, sweet owl would never commit such an atrocity. jajaja

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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He did what had to be done :(

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/earth8847

Well that is... weird

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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That's brilliant ;)

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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ok, you made me laugh. riley. which is really sick.

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

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi
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hahahah! beyond awesome.

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bird_Brain

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

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Christine1999

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

August 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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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! :)

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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salve nuestro búho!

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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We NEED both!!!!

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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 ;)

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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Excellent idea. jajaja

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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The Duo Olingo could be Duo the Owl's side kick. Sort of like, Robin for Batman

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yamarrin
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I second this :P

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Loup

I like your thinking.

August 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cincyfaith

I third this

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasDC
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Nahh. Duo is awesome. Unless you want a war over it, then I would drop it now

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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owl second that

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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Groan...... :)

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/duttagupta35504

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

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Oheim
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I second this. I second any forced pun.

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/espace13
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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, :)

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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¡¡¡Viva Duo!!!

August 16, 2013

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

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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I hadn't considered the wet fur factor...everyone knows how badly wet fur stinks....now, I'll probably have nightmares...

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/McLabraid

Maybe they could form a Duo (Puntastic)

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/VinhLive

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

August 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sebaslunaa

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

August 17, 2013

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

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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lighten up and recognise a joke when you see one...:)

August 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cincyfaith

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

March 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NYLizards

I think it is great

November 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ismo-Laitel

Das ist gay

July 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/arnavsaraswat

yes

August 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

I like duo the owl!

January 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vvHills10

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

January 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lyarra
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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

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Loup

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

August 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Loup

I like the olinguito.

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/The_D

The owl shall not be replaced by some rat monkey!

August 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Loup

NOOOOOOOOOO SAVE THE OWL!!!!!!

October 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Loup

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

December 2, 2013
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