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Sir Nils Olav The Penguin Has Been Promoted To Brigadier

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The King of Norway's Guards made a surprise visit to a highly decorated king penguin of Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland to award him a special military honor.

Sir Nils Olav, a penguin and an honorary member of the king of Norway’s guard, was given the new title of Brigadier in a special ceremony attended by more than 50 Norwegian soldiers. They are visiting the country to take part in the annual celebration of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a theatric and musical performance display by the British Armed Forces and International military bands.

The newly promoted penguin Brigadier Sir Nils Olav was named after two famous people: “Nils” from Major Nils Egelien, a Norwegian army and “Olav” in honor of the King Olav V of Norway.

The name Nils Olav has been given to three different king penguins at the Edinburgh Zoo since 1972. Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III is the current holder.

"We are honored to host His Majesty the King of Norway's Guard as they bestow a prestigious new title upon our king penguin Sir Nils Olav,” says Barbara Smith, acting chief executive for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

"It is a very proud moment and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway,” she adds.

Watch Brigadier Sir Nils Olav inspect his troops.

 photo/video: YouTube/Edinburgh Zoo 

 sources: Edinburgh ZooWikipediaCNNThe Guardian