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Video: Charlotte Bobcats mascot Rufus ‘retiring’

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DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Charlotte Bobcats team mascot Rufus Lynx will be retired, along with the nickname, when the team officially becomes the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.

When the Charlotte Bobcats officially become the Hornets on Tuesday, Bobcats mascot Rufus Lynx will be out of work.

Along with the return of the Hornets name, Hugo will also return as the team’s mascot. But before Rufus joins other retired mascots – the Seattle SuperSonics’ Squatch, Montreal Expos’ Screech, and Atlanta Thrashers’ Trash, among others – the Bobcats released a retirement video.

The Twitter account for Rufus tweeted out a link to the video with the message: “This is my final tweet. I love ya CLT! Fans! This journey has been an experience of a lifetime!”

The video shows Rufus coming backstage after the final game of the season and finding a to-do list that includes skydiving, running with the Bulls in Pamplona, paragliding, swimming with sharks, and going into space.

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