There is a Brazilian law that states wild animals cannot be kept as pets. That does not stop the penguin Dundim from visiting his dear old friend, and human, Joao, every year, however.
Joao Periera de Souza is a 71-year-old part-time fisherman who saved Dindim's life 5 years ago. He found Dindim covered in oil and fighting for his life, so he nursed him back to health and, after some coercion, set him free. Little did he know, Dindim would return to visit each 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.”
“Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years”
Dindim's journey to visit Joao is nearly 5,000 miles.
Biologist Professor Krajewski was amazed by this story, stating, “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.”