The tale of a South American Magellanic penguin who is swimming 5,000 miles every year to be happily back together with the guy who rescued his life goes viral.
Retired bricklayer and also part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who resides in an island town just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, discovered the little penguin, coated with oil and near to death, laying on big rocks on his nearby seaside in 2011.
Joao washed the oil off the penguin’s feathers and also given food him a regular food intake of fish to develop his energy. He called him Dindim.
After a few days, he attempted to free the penguin directly into the ocean. However, the bird wouldn’t go away. ‘He remained with me for 11 months after which, right after he altered his cover with new feathers, he vanished,’ Joao remembers.
And, just a couple months later on, Dindim was back. He noticed the fisherman on the seaside one day and adhered to him home.
For the past 5 years, Dindim has invested 8 months of the season with Joao and is regarded as to devote the rest of that time period mating off the coastline of Argentina or Chile.
It’s believed he does it up to 5,000 miles every year to be happily reunited with the man who rescued his life.
‘I really love the penguin just like it’s my very own child and I think the penguin loves me,’ Joao said to Globo TV. ‘No one else is permitted to contact him. He pecks all of them when they do. He lies on my lap, allows me provide him with showers, enables me to give food to him fish and to pick him up.
When he spots him he wags his tail just like a dog and honks with joy .