Thursday, March 10, 2016

Touching story of a penguin who swims 5,000 miles every year to visit the man who saved him

10:50 PM

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Joao Pereira de Souza, a retired 71 year old fisherman and bricklayer from an island village of Rio de Janiero Brazil discovered this tiny helpless penguin starving and covered with oil. He took him in and nurse him back to good health again and called the penguin Dindim, dendim is a south American Magellanic penguin.

Joao took couple of weeks to clean the sticky feathers due to black oil residue. When dendin recovers, he released him back to the see and never expecting to return to the island. But how cool is that, the penguin is believed to swim 8000 kilometers to see Mr de Souza again.

Mr de Souza told the Globo TV, I love dendim like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. Now, dindim spends eight months with Mr de Souza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.


Mr de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to develop his vigour then took him back to the sea to let him go.

'He appears in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more loving as he appears even cheerier to see me.'

Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr de Souza said 'I have never seen anything like this before. I believe the penguin thinks Joao is part of his family and perhaps a penguin as well.

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