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becausebirds:

A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo.

Penguin Nils Olav has been an honorary member and mascot of the Norwegian King’s Guard since 1972.

Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks after being adopted by Royal Guard who visited the zoo.

During the ceremony, Nils had a sword dubbed on each side of his head, where his shoulders should be, to confirm his regimental knighthood.

The proud penguin was on his best behavior throughout most of the ceremony, but shortly before the ritual was concluded and possibly suffering a bout of nerves he was seen to deposit a discreet white puddle on the ground.

Sir Nils Olav the penguin.

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stuffaboutminneapolis:

Minnesota Zoo tiger cubs celebrate first birthday
Sundari, left, playfully paws Nadya to try to get her share of cake as the Amur tiger cubs celebrate their first birthdays at the Minnesota Zoo on Monday. The frozen cake was flavored with fruit juice, blood and chicken stock. 
Sundari was born at the Apple Valley zoo on June 17, 2012. Nadya was born at the St. Louis Zoo on July 1, 2012, and was transferred to Minnesota a few weeks later.
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stuffaboutminneapolis:

Minnesota Zoo tiger cubs celebrate first birthday

Sundari, left, playfully paws Nadya to try to get her share of cake as the Amur tiger cubs celebrate their first birthdays at the Minnesota Zoo on Monday. The frozen cake was flavored with fruit juice, blood and chicken stock.

Sundari was born at the Apple Valley zoo on June 17, 2012. Nadya was born at the St. Louis Zoo on July 1, 2012, and was transferred to Minnesota a few weeks later.

TwinCities.Com

Acryllium vulturinum - Vulturine guineafowl
I love Vulturine Guineafowl - they’re only distantly related to any of the other guineafowl, and are even more distantly related to other birds. They only eat bugs and seeds, but have the head of a scavenger. They don’t like flying, even though they’re able to. If threatened, they just run away.
Seriously, though…that head…why with the bald head, guineafowl? You weird.

Acryllium vulturinum - Vulturine guineafowl

I love Vulturine Guineafowl - they’re only distantly related to any of the other guineafowl, and are even more distantly related to other birds. They only eat bugs and seeds, but have the head of a scavenger. They don’t like flying, even though they’re able to. If threatened, they just run away.

Seriously, though…that head…why with the bald head, guineafowl? You weird.