This little penguin swims 5000 miles every year to be with the man who saved Its life

Do animals and birds have memories? Are they capable of remembering acts of kindness? They say an Elephant never forgets? Love and feed a stray dog and he will always remember you. All of these traits were personified by one little penguin who showed his gratitude to his human savior in the most exemplary way possible.

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The dying penguin was saved by a Brazilian man when it was all helpless on the beach. Now healthy and well, the penguin swims 5000 miles every year to meet the Brazilian who saved his life. This could well be one of the most remarkable stories of animal gratitude and social behavior. It portrays the emotional bond between animals and man.

1 This Old Fisherman Was Roaming the Beach One Day Till He Found A Sorry Sight

Joao Pereira de Souza is a 71-year-old man who lives in a village near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Managing two jobs as a bricklayer and fisherman, the old man spends a lot of time on the beach. It was there where he found the little South American Magellanic penguin lying almost lifeless on the rocks. The Bird was hurt and almost near death. Moreover it was covered in oil and seemed to be starving for food.

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Old De Souza did what most the humane person would do; he took the bird into his home and slowly nursed it back to health. Cleaning the bird and removing the sticky and black oily residue from the bird’s feathers took him almost a week. He even gave the bird a name Dindim!! When Dindim was well again he released him into the sea. The Bird swam off leaving De Souza with a heavy heart thinking he may not see his little Dindim again.

This Old Fisherman Was Roaming the Beach One Day Till He Found A Sorry Sight

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2 What Desouza Saw On The Beach After 11 Months Astonished Him Beyond Belief?

Imagine his astonishment when after some months, he saw the penguin again. Dindim had returned home! Dindim had stayed with De Souza for 11 months till a new coat of feathers had grown back on him. When De Souza freed him at sea, almost everyone in the village was skeptical of his return, but Dindim hadn’t forgot the old man. Far from his breeding grounds, off the coastal areas of Argentina, this penguin swam 5000 miles to meet the Brazilian who saved his life.

What Desouza Saw On The Beach After 11 Months Astonished Him Beyond Belief?

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3 His Dindim Had Finally Returned Back Home

DIndim returned to the island where he had been marooned, recognized old De Souza and returned to his home where he had once been nursed back from death.

“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me”, says the 71 year old De Souza. It seems man and bird now share one of the most loyal and trusting bonds. It also proves how trusting birds like penguins can be and they never forget a good turn.

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His Dindim Had Finally Returned Back Home

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4 Dindim Had Swam All The Way from Argentina to Rio de Janeiro to Meet His Saviour

Dindim is a South American Magellanic Penguin. The birds are found breeding mainly in coastal regions of Chile, Argentina and the Falkland islands. Sometimes, a few penguins may be spotted on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where they tend to stray during migration. It was there on the beach where Joao Pereira de Souza found poor little Dindim whom he thought would die.

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Come February and Dindim goes back to his native habitat for breeding for four months each year. After that in June the little penguin swims 5000 miles every year to meet the Brazilian who saved his life.

Dindim Had Swam All The Way from Argentina

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5 The Penguin Doesn’t Allow Other Humans to Get Close Except For Old Man De Souza

The penguin is extremely trusting of the old man. According to De Souza, ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lies on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.’

De Souza claimed that when Dindim was sick, he ensured a diet of fresh fish everyday which helped him regain his strength till he was ready to swim away. Today, the unusual pair of an old fisherman and his penguin is inseparable.

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The Penguin Doesn’t Allow Other Humans to Get Close

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6 When Dindim the Penguin See De Souza He Squeals In Joy

When Dindim sees De Souza he lights up and wags his tail like a little dog, letting out a squeal of happy delight.Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski says, “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.”

Perhaps there could be a moral in the story proving how important it is for us to be kind to animals. If a wild penguin can swim 5000 miles every year to meet the man who saved it’s life, then it really goes on to show, that animals are grateful creatures too. Take a look at the video which shows the special bond between the two and you will be filled with joy for sure.

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