Moe the Mule, known for pulling the boat on the Illinois and Michigan Canal, died on Monday.
Canal Corridor Association President Ana Koval says Moe will be missed.
Cushing’s disease affects a gland in the brain and doesn’t have a cure, but its symptoms can sometimes be managed.
Moe was a big hit with kids and even led the most recent Riverfest parade with Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach.
Koval says they’ll look for a temporary companion for the other mule Larry for over the winter and then bring on a new mule for the next boat season in the spring.