Every year, Dindim the Magellanic penguin wobbles into the backyard of a home on Provetá Beach in Ilha Grande, Brazil. Without fail, he comes back in what scientists believe is a sense of loyalty to a man who rescued him when he was at his worst.
You may be familiar with the story of the two friends that captured the hearts of many. In May 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza, a humble, retired bricklayer, rescued the injured penguin in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The flightless bird was covered in oil and unable to move.
Pereira de Souza took him under his wing and nurtured him back to health, thoroughly cleaning oil residue on the penguin’s body and feeding him for days until he was fit enough to return to the water. Despite his attempt to set him free, the penguin returns every year to his home.
João Paulo Krajewski, a biologist and wildlife presenter at Globo TV, was the first to document the story of Dindim and the man who saved his life. In an email to CNN, Krajewski said that after all these years, this two-legged survivor returns annually and stays on the island when other penguins of his species are breeding. Read more