In each of our lives, we have people to thank even for just our mere existence. It may be our parents, friends or even strangers who play the role of a family for us. Just like how this little penguin always goes back to the beach where a stranger saved it from the verge of its death.
Back in 2011, Joao Pereira de Souza, now 73 came across a poor penguin fighting for its life on the beach. The creature was even fully covered in black oil. Out of pity for the creature, he immediately took it to his home, cleaned off the sticky oil from the penguin’s feather and did his best to nurse the penguin back to health.
According to Goodtimes, thankfully, the penguin regained its health quickly and Joao sent it back to the sea. But, he was unaware that the sea creature was all aware of his kindness and plans to repay him for a lifetime.
Eventually, after a year, the penguin came back to the beach, was able to recognize Joao and even returned home with him. Since then, the penguin continued doing this for the next year and even the year after that even if it takes him 8,047 kilometers of swimming all the way to meet his beloved savior.
As their relationship became closer, Joao even gave a name to the penguin and he now calls it “Dindim”. Every year, Dindim would spend 8 months with the old man before going back to the coastal area of Argentina and Chile for the season of breeding.
This is indeed another unusual but true relationship between a human and a sea creature. If relationships like this prosper all over the world, this will surely make this Earth a better place to live!
Sadly, according to Brittanica, the population of Penguins used to thrive but it is now highly vulnerable to changes in climate and ocean temperature, including recent global warming.
So, just like Joao, let us learn to love not just people but also the animals around us for in this way, they will know that they are valued and cherished, forever.