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FC Cologne mascot Hennes gets new goat-friend, plus kids

Hennes VIII, the goat who never misses an FC Cologne football game, is the Bundesliga's only living mascot. He'd been lonely, though, since the death of his girlfriend Anneliese. Cue Anneliese II, and her kids.

FC Cologne soccer club shared images of its mascot Hennes with its new partner on Thursday. After the death this January of Anneliese, a goat Hennes spent time with at his home at Cologne's zoo, officials had tried introducing several new suitors to Hennes' enclosure.

Eventually, Cologne's horniest fan found his match in a white goat who is now known as Anneliese II.

"Hennes VIII has a new partner: Anneliese II has moved in to the little billy goats' home at the Cologne Zoo with her kids," the club wrote on Twitter. 

The club has had a goat named Hennes - after famed coach Hennes Weisweiler - as its official mascot ever since 1950. The original lucky charm of a club now affectionately nicknamed the Billy Goats had an impressive 16-year stint on the sidelines. Hennes VIII has been in the job since 2008. 

Read more: Hennes the billy goat is Cologne's lucky charm

Maskottchen des 1. FC Kölns, Geißbock Hennes VIII - Stürmer Anthony Ujah (picture-alliance/dpa/T. Schmülgen)

Hennes is often a handful among the excited crowds, but here ex-Cologne striker Anthony Ujah took the goat by the horns

Cologne return to European football next season after finishing fifth, their strongest showing in the Bundesliga since 1992. 

"FC are playing in Europe again, and Anneliese is bringing new life into our little billy goats' home," zoo officials Theo Pagel and Christopher Landsberg said of the new couple.

Fans might welcome some happier news in the week that saw last season's top scorer, Anthony Modeste, completed his contentious, drawn out, but lucrative transfer to the Chinese Super League. 

Modeste to Beijing: The beginning of the end for the Chinese Super League?

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