Oh. My. This is adorable! What a lovely little story, haha.
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 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. 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.
The flightless bird is believed to swim around 8,000 km 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. 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 Pereira de Souza told Globo TV.
Mr Pereira 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.
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