Awww: Penguin Makes 5,000 Mile Swim Every Year To Visit The Man Who Saved Him

March 10, 2016


This is 71-year old Brazilian native Joao Pereira de Souza and Dindim, the South American Magellanic penguin Joao rescued from an oil spill in 2011. And every year since then, Dindim has made the 5,000-mile journey to visit Joao, who biologists believe Dindim thinks is part of his family, and a penguin himself. Man, I wish I had a penguin friend who thought I was his penguin family. Some people have all the luck. *tapping on aquarium glass* AM I A FISH OR NOT, GUYS?

For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

'I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,' Joao told Globo TV. '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.

'Everyone said he wouldn't return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.'

'When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.

Well if that isn't the sweetest thing I've read all day I obviously forgot to read the note my mom always writes on the napkin in my lunchbox. She always writes such thoughtful, inspirational messages like 'You're #1' and 'Have The Best Day Ever!' and 'Don't forget I packed a change of underwear in your bookbag so you don't you dare call me at work again if you have an accident.' She's the best.

Keep going for a video of the two.

Thanks to Lindon, who has always dreamed of having a penguin friend. Yeah? Well welcome to the club. We meet at the zoo with pocketfuls of sardines.

  • the_boywonder

    Imagine the penguin kept trying to get the old guy to follow him each time in an attempt to lead him to his many friends stuck in some oil somewhere but each time he attempts it the old man just waves like "bye bye Mr. Penguin, see you in a few"!

  • The title is really misleading. The penguin spends most of his time with the fisherman in his village, they even said he's there about 8 months out of the year and that he doesn't migrate with the other penguins.

    It's still cute, but it's not like this thing is traveling from Antarctica to Brazil every year to see this guy.

  • murilodude

    João's way of telling this story is even more heart warming. He says Dindim is like a child for him.
    Now, when Dindim is back to the sea, João even dreams about this penguin.

  • Penguins are so much nicer than most humans...

  • shashi

    depends on the penguin and the human

  • ReadingRainbow

    I just about died. cuteness overload, dawg,

  • That's pretty goddamn adorable. I'd be jealous but I got a pug at home; let me show you 100 pictures of her on my phone (yep, I'm that guy).

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