5,000 miles

Published Date Author: , June 12th, 2016

A good story for a change! Best Buds Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil. It’s the story of a South AmericanMagellanicpenguin who swims 5,000 miles each year tobe reunited with the man who saved his life. Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who lives in anisland village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lyingon rocks on his local beach in 2011. Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named himDindim. The prodigal penguin returns. After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘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,Dindimwas back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home. Lookwho’sback For the past five years,Dindimhas spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest ofthe time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile. It’s thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life. ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Joao toldGloboTV. ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, andallows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up. It’s thoughtDindimbelieves the fisherman is also a penguin ‘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 ashe appears even happier to see me.’ Biologist ProfessorKrajewski, who interviewed the fisherman forGloboTV, toldThe Independent : ‘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. And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.


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