Gulf World's Penguin "Fat Boy" Turns 32 Years Old

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- A long-timer at Gulf World Marine Park celebrated a milestone Tuesday.

Fat Boy the African black-footed penguin turned 32 years old. He's the oldest penguin in the park.

The celebration kicked off with a meet and greet with the birthday boy. They also auctioned off a piece of artwork drawn by Fat Boy himself.

African black-footed penguins usually live into their mid-20's in the wild. But Fat Boy's trainers say he won't stop kicking 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."

Fat Boy is named after a former Gulf World owner whose favorite model of Harley was a Fat Boy.