Meet the penguin who swims more than 5000 miles every year, just so he can reunite with the man that saved his life.
If you’re a fan of penguins or animals in general, we’re sure you’re well aware of how loyal some of these creatures can be. And just in case you fail to believe us, take an up-close and personal look at a story that’s changing so many people’s perspectives.
The famous Magellanic penguin from South America swims around 5000 miles every year, just so he can reunite with a man that once saved his life.
Joao Pereira de Souza who is 71 and retired lives on a village island, right outside of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
He explains how he found the tiny penguin species in the worst condition imaginable.From covered with oil to near his death, it was de Souza who actually washed him up and cared for him like one of his own. Feeding him a fresh diet each day composing of fish, the part-time fisherman simply fell in love with his little bird.
And that’s when he even decided to name him Dindim.
After caring for him and waiting for him to develop strength, he even attempted to set him free in his natural habitat. But his loyal bird just wouldn’t leave. One day, out of the blue, he disappeared, right after shedding off his coat of feathers.
Unbelievingly, a few months later, he was back again.And he was able to spot the fisherman again, the owner who gave him another chance to live.
And now, for the past 5 years, he has spent a total of eight months of the long year with de Souza.In addition, animal experts believe he will spend the rest of his time breeding off of the coast of Chile as well as Argentina.
The fact that he is able to swim a staggering 5000 miles, just so he can reunite with his man is unbelievable. “I love the penguin like he is my own child,” exclaimed the fisherman. He also added how he was now sure that the penguin loves him just as much.