This Penguin Swims 8000 km Every Year To See The Man Who Saved Him
This penguin swims 8000 km every year to see the man who saved him from dying. 8,000 km is about 4,971 miles so you can imagine the huge effort it takes to make such a journey every year. But it’s worth it!
A 71-year-old retired bricklayer and fisherman, Joao Pereira de Souza from Brazil, found this small penguin back in 2011. The penguin, named Dindim, all covered in oil and this is where Joao stepped in. He saved the penguin’s life by washing and cleaning him up, offering him a second chance at life.
The South American Magellanic penguin didn’t want to leave old Joao alone, but in Brazil it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets so the fisherman had to let his friend go. True friendship can beat any distance. Joao was surprised to see the penguin returning to him the next year. He couldn’t believe it. Since then, the penguin has been returning every year to thank his friend that saved his life.
“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” Joao said. “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.” he added.
“Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years”
“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.