German club FC Koln are mourning the death of their mascot, Goat Hennes VIII who died today at the age of 14 after about two years of poor health.
Hennes VIII became the club mascot in 2008 was retired in 2019 after 11years on health concerns and replaced by goat Hennes IX.
Koln are one of the clubs to have a living Mascot and it dates back to the club’s second year anniversary in 1950. The first Hennes was donated by a circus entrepreneur as a Cologne carnival joke and was named after legendary player and former manager, Hennes Weisweiler.
One of the other clubs to have a living Mascot is Crystal Palace, Kayla, the Eagle, but sadly she passed on aged 28 due to heart attack in June 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Image via FC Koln Twitter