Ear: Penguin

Nautical writer Peter Marsh sent this gem in: Bet you didn't know that there is a titled Norwegian residing at Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo. His name is Nils Olav, and he just happens to be a king penguin.

The bird, a mascot of King of Norway's Guard, has worked his way up through many titles since his adoption in 1972. In 2008, he was knighted as Sir Nils Olav; this time around, he has been elevated in rank to Brigadier Sir Nils Olav, the zoo reports.

In honor of the occasion, in August, more than 50 of King Harald V's uniformed guard members stopped to visit the new brigadier (pictured, courtesy of the zoo), who paraded up the walkway to preside over an inspection.

"It is a very proud moment," Barbara Smith, of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said, "and represents the close collaboration between our two countries, Scotland and Norway."

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