Penguin Swims 8,000 Kilometers Every Year To See The Man Who Saved His Life

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How far can you swim to reunite with the people who saved your life? For a penguin who finds himself in a sticky state (literally), the answer is about 8,000 kilometers.

TIL in 2011 Joao found a penguin (Dindim) covered with oil and nearly dead. He worked feverishly to save its life. Every year since, Dindim swims 8,000KM to meet and live with Joao in Brazil.
Keeping wild animals as pets is illegal in Brazil. But despite the law, Dindim has lived with his best friend every year since 2011. He met on the beach in Brazil.

The 71-year-old retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza (Joao Pereira de Souza) discovered the South American Magellanic Penguin Dindim, which was covered with oil and was close to death. However, when De Souza took care of him to recover, he discovered that Dindim did not want to leave; when he finally did this, De Souza was surprised to see him in Return in the second year and subsequent years.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao told Globo TV. “No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.”

“Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years”

71-year-old Joao found this penguin covered in oil and close to death in 2011

“He stayed with me for 11 months and then…he disappeared

But Dindim kept coming back every year, swimming 8,000km to do so

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight”

“No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do”

“I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well” – said Biologist Professor Krajewski

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