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Sir Nils Olav

Nils Olav III. is a male king penguin who lives in the Edinburgh Zoo in Scottland. But he is not a normal penguin. He is the mascot of the Royal Guard of Norway and a also brigadier! And last but not least he was knighted by king Harald V. 


Although it sounds weird it is not the first time. Since 1970 the Norwegian Guard has a special bond to the penguins of Edinburgh. In that year the first penguin, also named Nils Olav, was received into the regiment. After he died in 1987 Nils Olav II. followed. And now since 2008 Sir Nils Olav III. is the new mascot.