Fat Boy The Penguin Celebrates A Birthday

The Penguin Post has learned that Fat Boy the African black-footed penguin turned 32 years old yesterday at Tampa’s Gulf World Marine Park, and yes, he’s the oldest penguin in the park. The celebration kicked off with a meet and greet with the birthday boy. Gulf World also auctioned off a piece of artwork drawn by Fat Boy himself by waddling over paint and then onto a canvas leaving some colorful penguin footprints.fat+boyAfrican black-footed penguins usually live into their mid-20’s in the wild. But Fat Boy’s trainers say he won’t stop waddling anytime soon! “Fat Boy has excellent care by our veterinarian Dr. Sags,” Gulf World’s Marketing Coordinator Sam Tuno said. “He is monitored very closely, and he also is given laser therapy weekly for his arthritis. So he lives a very great life. He doesn’t have predators, so he has been able to live much longer than the average penguin.”   FYI, Fat Boy is not named because of his weight, but after a former Gulf World owner whose favorite model of Harley is called Fat Boy.

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