71-year-old retired bricklayer and part-time fisher man, Joao Pereira De Souza’s life changed when he rescued a South American Magellanic Penguin on a Brazilian beach 5 years ago. Covered in oil and on the threshold of death, the bird was nursed back to health. Even though it fully recovered it was reluctant to leave Pereira (staying on for 11 months) and when it finally did, it returned the next year.
Named Dindim, the penguin stays on with him for days, displaying affection. “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”, says Pereira.