A retired 71-year-old Brazilian bricklayer, who lives on Proveta, Joao Pereira de Souza rescued a starving Magellanic penguin which was completely covered in oil on the beach located near his house. His village, Proveta, is a fishing village and it's right off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
The man rescued the penguin back in 2011 and decided to properly feed him every day, until the penguin was strong enough to leave on his own, and even ended up naming him Dindim. However, when the penguin was finally strong enough, he refused to leave the old man that helped him get better and fed him. So Pereira de Souza decided to get on a boat and row it out in the water. Then, he would drop Dindim into the water so that he could encourage the penguin to swim back home. Unfortunately, by the time the man managed to row back to the shore, he saw the penguin waiting for him at his small shack.
READ MORE: Gay Penguins In Sydney Are Now Parents
According to Pereira de Souza, the penguin stayed with him for nearly an entire year, specifically, 11 months, until he finally changed his coat with a new set of feathers, and then disappeared. Many of the man's friends thought that when the penguin finally disappeared, the human-bird friendship was finally over.
However, just a few months later, Dindim returned to the same location and managed to find the old man. And in the past five years, Dindim visits Pereira de Souza about every four months. Pereira de Souza says that the penguin arrives each year in June, hangs out with his friend, and then goes home in February. And what's even more surprising, each year that he visits, he becomes even happier when he sees his human friend. And Pereira de Souza is the only human he allows to go near him. If anyone else tries to do the same, he Dindim either waddles away or pecks them.
Magellanic penguins, like Dindim, regularly swim thousands of miles every year to get to their designated breeding spots located on the coast of Chile and Argentina. And every now and then, they can show up in the warmer waters in Brazil.