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Kohl : Audubon Aquarium's 'celebrity of the penguin colony,' dies at 28

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03/15/2017 | 03:45 am

Kohl, a beloved Audubon Aquarium penguin with his own Twitter account, has died. He was 28.

Kohl was "humanely euthanized following a decline in health due to severe joint deterioration," the Audubon Nature Institute said in a news release.

The African penguin lived to be twice the age of penguins in the wild, the Audubon Institute said.

In his time at the Audubon Aquarium, Kohl formed a bond with one of his caregivers, senior aviculturist Tom Dyer.

"Kohl and I had been best friends since I started working at the Aquarium 17 years ago," Dyer said in the news release. "He was such a sweet and gentle bird and an incredible ambassador for penguins in the wild. He will be missed dearly."

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Kohl, who turned 28 in November, made appearances on news stations and television shows and once visited Mayor Mitch Landrieu at City Hall. He was considered "the celebrity of the penguin colony," the Audubon Institute said.

The Audubon Institute also announced the news of Kohl's death on his Twitter account, @kohlthepenguin. Kohl was the only Audubon animal with a Twitter account, the Audubon Institute said.

Before his death, Kohl was being treated daily with medication, but the advancement of his illness had begun to impact his quality of life, the Audubon Institute said. Animal care staff and the veterinary team made the decision to euthanize him.

Anyone who wishes to share memories or leave a note about Kohl can do so here or on the Audubon Nature Institute's Facebook page.

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