Penguin becomes a Brigadier in Norway, Inspects Norwegian Troops

11:35 AM | 23 Aug, 2016
Penguin becomes a Brigadier in Norway, Inspects Norwegian Troops
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EDINBURGH (Web Desk) - In a strikingly bizarre move, a penguin in Edinburgh Zoo has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier by the King of Norway's Guard.

Nils Olav, dubbed the most famous penguin in the world, has been given the honour in a special ceremony with 50 uniformed members of the Norweigan Guard.

Olav entered the military in 1972 as a Mascot, but was promoted to Corporal in 1982, Sergeant in 1987, Regimental Sergeant Major in 1993, Honourable Regimental Sergeant Major in 2001, Colonel-in-Chief in 2005, Knight in 2008 and now Brigadier, the independent reported.

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The tradition started when the Norweigan King Guard visited Edinburgh in 1961. One of the lieutenants, Nils Egelien, was fascinated with the penguin colony so when they returned 10 years later he arranged for the unit to adopt a penguin. The penguin was named after Egelian and the King of Norway at the time King Olav.