In 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza found a Magellanic penguin near death and covered in oil on a beach near Rio de Janeiro. The 71-year-old retired bricklayer and part time fisherman took the bird in and nursed it back to health. Pereira housed Dindim for 11 months as it recovered and changed its coat. After that, it suddenly took off, seemingly never to be seen again. “Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years,” Pereira said.
Now the doting bird, which Pereira named Dindim, comes to visit him every year, swimming 8,000 km across the ocean just to do so.
“I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,” said Pereira in an interview with Globo TV. Whenever Dindim recognizes his human companion, he will immediately honk and wag his tail with excitement. “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.” [source]