In 2011, 71-year-old former bricklayer and fisher Joao Pereira de Souza found a South American Magellanic penguin covered in oil and fighting for its life. The kind man nursed the penguin back to health and called him Dindim. After some time, Dindim was ready for the world out there, however, he wouldn’t leave Joao’s side. When he did, people said that he’d never come back. Amazingly, Dindim has returned to visit the man every year.
“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.”