Retired Major Nils Egelien of the Royal Norwegian Guards said: "It all started in 1961 when the King's Guard of Norway came to the military tattoo and we were very very interested in the king penguins.
"In 1972 we came back again and adopted a king penguin in the name of Nils Olav and the rank of lance corporal.
"In 1982 he was a corporal, in 87 a sergeant and in 1993 a regimental sergeant major."
The penguin that was promoted is the second Nils Olav, as the first to bear the name died in 1987. A bronze statue of the penguin will be made for the King of Norway. Link -via the Presurfer