This Penguin Couple Celebrated Their 22nd Anniversary

This Penguin Couple Celebrated Their 22nd Anniversary

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A few weeks ago, Kohl and Zelda, two African blackfooted penguins just celebrated their 22nd anniversary together. What was on the romantic menu? Fish, of course! They even had their own personal waiter to serve their supper.

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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 the 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 that 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 unusual, is definitely something very special.

Black-footed penguins live along the 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 the 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.

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Dyer also said that while most penguin species mate for life, there is still a divorce rate. They have seen their share of penguin heartbreak, infidelity and sometimes a happy reunion here in their colony. Kohl and Zelda, however, are spending their 22nd Anniversary together. They are Audubon’s sweethearts.

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