Prepare for the towering reveal of Bear, Hare and Leopard

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 07, 2014 02:25 PM

SPOILER ALERT: This post divulges details of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which has not aired in the U.S.

Prepare yourself because the Sochi Olympic mascots made their debut at Friday’s opening ceremony – and they’re both cuddly and colossal.

Bear, Hare and Leopard – yes, those are the official names – made their grand entrance as giant animatronic toys come to life inside the Olympic stadium in Sochi on Friday.

The towering, slowly blinking beasts of the Games wheeled in shortly after the Parade of Nations, and stayed on the floor long enough to leave an impression that will last for days.

Below, get an early look at the mascots in their opening-ceremony form. Here they are:




Now, all three in motion