Penguin Dindim travels 8,000 km every year to visit his rescuer
The penguin doesn't let anyone touch him, unless the 71-year-old man Joao Pereira de Souza, who saved him on a beach in Brazil. In 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza saw the Magellanic penguin on the beach and it could barely move and was helpless. The penguin was on the rocks and full of oil and already starving. Mr. Joao Pereira de Souza took the penguin to his home and helped it survived for the next few days. Since then, Mr. Joao Pereira de Souza gave him the name Dindim, which means in Brazil a water ice with fruit. As the penguin finally was strong enough, Mr. Joao Pereira de Souza let him back into the cold.
One such incident happened with Mr. Joao Pereira de Souza when the penguin came back just to meet him. This is a beautiful story because the penguin was in a very bad situation and about to die and the men gave him a second chance. Mr. de Souza never expects to see him again.
One day, Pereira de Souza heard squeaking in his backyard. Much to his surprise, he saw the penguin had returned and was calling out for him.
Dindim played outside with Joao Pereira de Souza
Magellanic penguins live off the coast of Patagonian South America. They can live in the ocean as long as five months at a time before returning to the coast. These penguins are known to breed off the coast of Argentina but have been spotted occasionally as far north as Rio de Janeiro. Magellanic penguins are known for their loud, mournful calls, similar to those of a donkey. They are usually very loyal to their pair and breeding site, where they spend the summer, they tend to come back to the same place every year. In order to do that, he has to swim, a distance of 8,000km.
“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” said Mr. Pereira de Souza. “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,” said Mr. Pereira.
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Here is Dindim and his life-saver