Penguin swims 5,000 miles every year to visit Brazilian man who nursed it back to life

This will warm your heart!
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Via Daily Mail: Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered a tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011. The helpless creature was starving and covered in oil but Mr. de Souza took him in and nursed him back to health, naming the South American Magellanic penguin Dindim.
It took him a week just to clean the sticky black residue from the bird’s feathers.  When Dindim was well again Mr. de Souza released him back into the sea, never expecting to see his new friend again.
He was astonished when, just a few months later, the penguin returned to the island where he recognized Mr. de Souza and returned home with him. Now, Dindim spends eight months of the year with Mr. de Souza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
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The flightless bird is believed to swim around 5,000 miles every time he returns to Mr. de Souza. ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Mr. Pereira de Souza 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.
Mr. de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to improve his strength then took him back to the sea to let him go. ‘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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Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr. de Souza for Globo TV, said: ‘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.’  Another expert said it appears as though Dindim recognizes Mr. de Souza as he would another penguin, and acts accordingly.
There’s a video at the Daily Mail article. Go see it here.
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marblenecltr
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Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
For those who ask why a wonderful report of a bird’s love and faithfulness for the life-saving assistance given to it earlier in its life, reply that the journey of eight years begins with the first minute. Politicians, take note, and understand that hurts are not forgotten, either.

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

heartwarming indeed

Anonymous
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Anonymous

🙂

greenworxx
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greenworxx

What a special man and a very lucky penguin to be able to share their love with each other. It certainly warms the heart to read such a wonderful story.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

What a wonderful story in these times. Great find DCG.

Dr. Eowyn
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<3 <3 <3
Animals are ALWAYS grateful for our kindness. Sadly, in too many cases with humans, not only are they not grateful, it’s “No kind deed goes unpunished”.
Here’s a video of Dindim the penguin and Joao de Souza. May God bless them most abundantly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODUOx_CrHks

Leeann
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Leeann

What a wonderful and warm story! Mr. deSouza is imprinted on Dindim. There is a psychological and physical connection that the penguin will never have with anyone else. The penguin views him as a fellow penguin or as a parent. When my husband raised some hatchling geese, he became imprinted on them. We had no idea at the time, that they would become possessive of him. They are jealous of the dogs even getting close to him. They hiss at me (not good sign). The geese are like little children with him though, gentle and sweet. The penguin is always… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

I think those “expert” biologists are nuts. I don’t think the penguin thinks Mr. deSouza IS another penguin. Hello, human – penguins look nothing alike.
The loyal loving penguin is attached to the man because Mr. deSouza rescued the poor little fella & saved his life by nursing him back to health. For that, the penguin is eternally grateful (not to mention the free sardines, lol).

CalGirl
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Our largely Judeo- Christian ethos teaches that animals can not form “thoughts” or “reasonings” of their own. And…there are no animals in Heaven, b/c they do not have “souls.” (Aside—so, why would I want to “go” there????). Not telling you any further of what I think of that……. Except that….please remember that mortal men met at the center of Christian “government” many tiimes in antiquity to consider WHICH books of the Bible were “true” or not….and, exclude certain books from being part of our Christian “blueprint” of faith, for instance, …and so…..some of what we like to consider “Divine” has… Read more »