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This Penguin Has Become A High-Ranking Officer Of The Norwegian Army

His name is Sir Nils Olav, and he has just been made brigadier general.

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The Norwegian military's mascot is a king penguin, and Edinburgh Zoo has been caring for and conducting research about the breed since the early 1900s.

The military distinction is a way for the two countries to celebrate the bond they have forged through care of the species, a press release said.

The army visits Sir Nils Olav when it is in town every few years to perform in the The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a military band performance held in the town.

"This is just a simply fantastic example of the great relations between our two countries, and it couldn’t be a more charming tradition," Brigadier David Allfrey, the head of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said in the release.

In 2005, he was appointed colonel-in-chief. In 2008, he was even honored with the honorary knighthood by King Harald V of Norway in person.

(OK, there have been three successive penguins called Nils Olav, because the lifespan of a penguin is about 20 years. Nils Olav III, who was just made brigadier, took over from Nils Olav II.)

Thank you, Nils Olav, for reminding us of the values of loyalty, bravery and sacrifice in your own way.

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