Norway Knights King Penguin

Military, royalty honor beloved bird with grand ceremony
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2008 4:09 PM CDT
Nils the penguin was knighted on behalf of Norwegian King Harald V, right.   (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway, Jon Eeg)
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(Newser) – Nils Olav, an honorary colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard—and a 3-foot-tall king penguin—was knighted today by Norway's King Harald V, the AP reports. Nils, named after former Norwegian King Olav V, caught the attention of the guards while they were touring the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland years ago. He became their mascot and has accrued various titles since. Now he's an official "Sir."