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Penguin swims 8,000km every year to visit the man that saved his life

By Huna A March 10, 2016
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This is an incredible story about a man and his friendship with a penguin. 

In 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza saved an oil-covered penguin off the beach. The Brazilian fisherman nursed the penguin back to health and tried to release him back into the wild. 

The penguin, which de Souza named Dindim refused to leave his carer. The penguin stayed by his side for 11 months before finally heading back into the wild. 

Little did de Souza know, that was just the beginning of their now five year relationship.

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Every year, Dindim makes the 8,000km journey from his breeding ground off the coast of Chile back to Brazil. The penguin usually stays in Brazil for eight-months and de Souza says “every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me”

The penguin has now made the long journey five years in a row, and he only stays with de Souza. 

In the video below de Souza says how he loves the penguin like a child and believes the bird feels the same way. “No one else is allowed to touch him, he pecks them if they do” 

Awwww. Watch the video below to see more of this amazingly adorable friendship!