Animals love each other like humans do. Love is above everything that makes life colorful and these animals love each other deeply. Kohl and Zelda, two African black-footed penguins, just celebrated their 22nd anniversary together a few weeks ago. What was on the romantic menu? Fish, of course! They even had their own personal waiter to serve their supper.
Their keepers said that these cute penguins have been at the Audubon Aquarium, in New Orleans, since 1990; this year marks their copper anniversary. There’s evidence, too, that these cute penguins exchanged tokens of their affection ahead of the meal, or “I love you” balloon, a bunch of beautiful flowers and a heart-shaped box of chocolates added a celebratory feel to their intimate dinner. But the old tricks work a charm. The love these penguins share is still strong even after 22 years.
It’s not hard to guess what was on the menu… both Zelda and Kohl opted for a simply prepared fish meal. They also appear to have toasted their anniversary with something sparkling.
The couple lived happily at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans. And senior aviculturist, Tom Dyer, said that their relationship, while not so usual, is definitely something very special.
Black-footed penguins live along southern shoreline in and around the nutrient rich and cold Benguela current, in Africa. They build their nests on rocky, offshore islands. These penguins are similar in appearance to the other 3 penguin species in the same family with a white front and a dark back, and a broad white band on both sides of the their head extending up from the chest behind the eyes. They also have a black band across the front of the chest.
Dyer also said that while most penguin species mate for life, there is still a divorce rate. We have seen our share of penguin heartbreak, infidelity and sometimes happy reunion here in their colony. Kohl and Zelda, however, are spending their 22nd anniversary together. They are Audubon’s sweethearts.