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Australia reacts to Borobi, the new Commonwealth Games mascot

He’s the surf-loving, six-foot blue koala who you’ll see a lot more of over the next two years. It’s Borobi, the Commonwealth Games 2018 mascot.

Borobi was unveiled to the public this morning in true Gold Coast fashion, abseiling from the Westpac lifesaving helicopter on to the beach at Burleigh Heads – the subject of his second tweet, comparing himself to James Bond, no less.

borobi first tweet

Although someone in the Gold Coast social media team might want to brush up on their spelling of Borobi:

borobi misspelled

But as one punter pointed out on Twitter, Borobi is the local Yugambeh word for koala, meaning the mascot’s name is technically ‘Koala the koala’:

borobi is koala

And while most people took to the new mascot, some said it could have been more relevant to the Gold Coast community it was representing. Such as Kristin Johnson, who tweeted: “Having difficulties relating to #Borobi. It was a sure bet it was going to be a GC shady real estate developer.”

borobi real estae agent

Although Gruen host, Wil Anderson, thought the mascot bore a strong relationship to the area, tweeting: “It makes sense the mascot for The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast would be riddled with chlamydia…”

wil anderson borobi

Meanwhile, others noted Borobi may bear more than a passing resemblance to the Brisbane Bears mascot of old, while another pointed out he might be “The now not-so-secret love child with Smurfette”.

borobi brisbane lions smurfette

While another noted the Gold Coast already has koala mascots with Dreamworld’s Kenny and Belinda:

gold coast koala mascots

Yet others pointed out he’s not the first surfing koala, after Disney cartoon Lilo and Stitch:

For some inexplicable reason Borobi’s first public appearance ended with him dancing on stage with a cow (does he not know it’s policy not to mention drop bears for fear of scaring off tourists?):

borobi drop bear like its hot

And according to his animated creation story, “like a seagull after a hot chip he was unstoppable”.


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