Penguin Swims 5000 Miles Every Year To See Man Who Saved His Life | Dogalize
This is a very heartwarming story. It deals with one of the many forms of love that are possible on this earth. The story tells about a penguin who swims 5000 miles every year to see the man who saved his life in 2011.
Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, Retired bricklayer and fisherman who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach. Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.
‘He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls. And, just a few months later, Dindim was back.
Since then, the penguin goes back to his rescuer every year to spend with him the warmest months and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
‘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. 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.’
Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told: ‘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. When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.’
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Photo: TV Globo