A few years ago 71-year-old Joao Pereira de Souza found a penguin who was covered in oil and almost dead. He rescued the penguin and named him Dimdim. The animal lived with Joao for 11 months before it returned to the wild. But Dimdim still swims 8,000 kilometers every single year to say thanks.
“Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years”
71-year-old Joao found this penguin covered in oil and close to death in 2011
“He stayed with me for 11 months and then…he disappeared
But Dindim kept coming back every year, swimming 8,000km to do so
“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight”
“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