Penguin promoted to brigadier in Norwegian Army

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 19.20.52A king penguin living in Scotland is quite the celebrity in Norway thanks to his rapid rise through the ranks of the Royal Norwegian Guard.

Sir Nils Olav III keeps his quarters at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, but one of his most important roles is acting as mascot to His Majesty the King of Norway’s Guard.

Sir Nils is a king penguin, a type of large bird that enjoys snacking on small fish. More than 50 members of the Guard visited the zoo on Monday and promoted the water bird to the rank of brigadier.

Nils was knighted back in 2008. You might notice the “III” on the end of his name. The current Nils is the third in a line of penguins given honorary ranks in the Norwegian Army. The first Nils started off as a mascot back in 1972 and received the rank of corporal in 1982.

At this rate, Sir Nils may end up being an admiral within a couple more decades.