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Penguin Swims Nearly 5,000 Miles Every Year To Visit The Man Who Saved His Life

By Karly Carpena
March 13, 2016

Dindim, a South American Magellanic penguin, has been swimming nearly 5,000 miles every year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life.


71-year-old retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza found Dindim covered in oil and close to death.


De Souza nursed the penguin back to health, but Dindim didn’t want to leave.


When he finally did, De Souza was surprised to see him return the next year, and again the following year. Now the penguin visits him every single year!


“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.”

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