Penguin Travels Almost 5,000 Miles Every Year To See The Man That Saved His Life

We have seen animals like dogs, cats and other domestic animals that are very loyal and compassionate to their owners but we have never seen a penguin that love a human so much.

This incredible story is about the retired 71-yr-old bricklayer Brazilian man named Joao Pereira de Souza who lived in a village near Rio de Janeiro who found a small penguin in 2011 covered in oil and almost dying.


The heroic man named the penguin as Dindim and tried his best to save the penguin and nurse him until he can go back to health.  Joao tried to release him back to the wild but Dindim refused. Eleven months later, he just disappeared and Joao never thought that his best friend penguin will comeback anymore until one day about a month after his disappearance, he showed up happily and excited after seeing his savior.

Every year, Dindim stays for eight months beside his human best friend Joao and spends the other for travelling 5,000 miles across Argentina and Chile where his breeding can be found.

Joao told the that “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. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.”

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