News : 1. FC Köln mourns: Hennes VIII had to be put to sleep
Hennes Vlll. is dead. The billy goat had to be put down for health reasons at the age of 14, as the Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln announced on Wednesday.
The billy goat was the mascot of the Rhinelander from 2008 to 2019 and experienced turbulent times with the club. The club celebrated two ascents with the animal on its side, but also had to suffer two descents. He was also there at the club’s biggest triumph in recent years, participating in the Europa League in the 2017/2018 season.
Now he had to be put to sleep in old age. The heraldic animal had suffered from osteoarthritis for a long time and was therefore taken out of the stadium two years ago. Since then, Alt-Hennes has lived in the “Clemenshof” in the Cologne Zoo together with fellow dogs.
Hennes VIII .: Ujah celebrated a goal with him
The Cologne zoo director Theo Pagel was there for his final minutes, as were the people in charge of the “Effzeh”. FC Vice President Eckhard Sauren is quoted in the club’s announcement: “Hennes VIII was a billy goat special in many ways. He showed his temperament when he broke his leash in March 2014 and was caught on the pitch by some helpers. Also That he was grabbed by the horns by Anthony Ujah while celebrating the goal, he put away robustly. “
Since 2019 Hennes IX. took over the office of heraldic animal. His health is in excellent health and he is already a multiple father. So his successor has been taken care of.