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Penguin reportedly swims 5000 miles to visit man who saved his life

The loyal penguin has made a tradition of it, visiting once every year to visit the man who saved him from the brink of death.

Joao Pereira de Souza and Dindim

The Retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman, Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, had reportedly found the South American Magellanic penguin back in 2011 after he had washed up on a beach, starving and covered in oil.

Joao, who later named the penguin, Dindim after he had discovered him in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, taking the creature home and nursing it back to health.

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As soon as Dindim had made full recovery, Joao reportedly released him back into the wild, and bhad not expected to see him again.

Surprisingly, afew months later, Dindim had returned to the beach, following Joao home.

Globo TV reports that Dindim spends eight months with Joao and the rest of the year, breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile, a full 5,000 miles away.

Speaking with Brazilian news channel, Joao said:

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"I love the penguin like he's my own child and I believe the penguin lovesme.

"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.

"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."

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