Our Favorite Penguin Story…Ever!

Every once in a while I have to kick himself when it comes to a penguin story this good, so now once again via the Penguin Post we’d like to take a moment to remind the world of a certain King penguin named Sir Nils Olav.  A penguin story so cool, so bizarre, so guaranteed to bring a smile to your face that it’s hard to believe that it’s real.  But, it is, and if you thought that Norwegian people are particular serious folks maybe now you’ll think again.
If you’re not familiar this is a story of a penguin called Nils Olav waddled into the history books back in 2008 when he was knighted by a visiting royal Norwegian regiment in Scotland. The king penguin became the first black-and-white pint-sized Norwegian Sir with wings after inspecting the Norwegian King’s Guard, over for Edinburgh’s annual Military Tattoo. Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King’s Guard in 2005. And on August 15th, 2008 he was knighted.  Not bad for a 3-foot tall penguin. Nils Olav was made an honorary member of the King’s Guard in 1972 after being picked out as the guard’s mascot by lieutenant Nils Egelien. The king penguin was named after Egelien and Norway’s then-King Olav V.
The knighthood ceremony began Friday morning with speeches and a fanfare before Nils arrived, under escort with the King’s Guard Color Detachment. Nils then reviewed the troops lined up outside the penguin enclosure at the zoo, waddling down the row of uniformed soldiers, occasionally stopping to crane his neck and peer inquisitively at their crisp uniforms. Nils was then knighted by British Maj. Gen. Euan Loudon on behalf of Norway’s King Harald V. Loudon dropped the king’s sword on both sides of Nils’s black-and-white frame, and the penguin’s colonel-in-chief badge, tied to his flipper, was swapped for one symbolizing his knighthood. He’s a now a “Sir” and a penguin that requires a salute.

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One Response to “Our Favorite Penguin Story…Ever!”

  1. Jon Says:

    Beautiful!

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