Since 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza of Brazil gets a visit from a wonderful penguin, Dindim, who shows his gratitude for being rescued by the 71-year-old.
Covered in oil and near death, Dindim was nursed back to health by Joao. After, Dindim didn’t want to leave him but it is illegal in Brazil to keep wild animals as pets. And, Joao knows where they belong. Finally, Dindim left, but kept returning, year after year to visit his old friend. Keep in mind, Dindim is a South American Magellanic penguin.
If anyone else touches the penguin he pecks them, but not so with Joao. They hang out. Watch this interaction that demonstrates friendship, love, and gratitude.
71-year-old Joao found this penguin covered in oil and close to death in 2011
But Dindim kept coming back every year, swimming 8,000km to do so
“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” – said Biologist Professor Krajewski