On Wednesday 21st April, Hennes VIII. was put down at the age of 14. The reason for this was his deteriorating health condition. The experts at the Köln Zoo wanted to spare him of any pain. Therefore, the Zoo Director, the vets, the relevant biologist as well as those responsible at 1. FC Köln decided to take this difficult step after a thorough veterinary analysis.
Hennes VIII. experienced a topsy-turvy time during his 11 years as mascot. As well as the two relegations and promotions, he could also count on the UEFA Europa League qualification for the 2017-18 season. The eighth Geißbock in the Hennes dynasty also become the first mascot to live in the Köln Zoo with other animals.
FC Vice-President, Eckhard Sauren said: “Hennes VIII. was a special goat in many ways. In 2008, he was elected into the position through an online vote and experienced a lot of highs and lows in his 11 years. He showed his temper as he got off his leash in March 2014 and managed to evade everyone chasing him on the pitch. He also managed to take on Anthony Ujah’s goal celebration with his usual robustness. Two relegations were, thankfully, followed by two promotions. The qualification for Europe meant there was finally a goat who was able to welcome our international guests. In order to avoid an excruciating period of suffering, putting him down was unfortunately inevitable. We will remember Hennes VIII. with honour.”
In 2019, those responsible at the zoo and 1. FC Köln arranged the succession with Hennes IX., who is in excellent health and who has already become a father several times.
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