Brazil’s hairiest police corporal is causing an internet sensation

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A rescue dog turned police mascot has become one of Brazil’s most beloved internet sensations.

Nicknamed “Corporal Oliveira”, the dog was taken in by Rio policeman Cristiano Oliveira, who found him in 2019 near his abandoned police station, injured and starving.

The dog – dressed in a police uniform with a toy gun attached and sunglasses – has become the official mascot of Rio de Janeiro’s 17th Military Police Battalion, patrolling alongside his officer and running alongside the motorcycles.

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“I took a coat, a police shirt and put it on him as a joke. I took a picture and sent it to the groups on our station’s list and posted them there- low,” Oliveira said. “And then the joke started going viral.”

Now the furry corporal has his own Instagram account with over 117,000 followers.

“If I don’t post a photo for three days, people are already asking ‘Where is Oliveira?’ ‘Where did Oliveira go?'” the officer said, laughing.

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Reporting by Sergio Queiroz and Nina Lopez, editing by Deepa Babington and David Gregorio

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