In 2011, a 71-Year-Old man made a surprising discovery when he was walking on a beach. Thousands of miles away from their normal habitat, a small penguin was found. He was covered in oil and starving to death when he was discovered, but luckily Joao Pereira de Souza wasn't about to let him die.
This species of penguin normally breeds on the coasts of Argentina or Chile, but when he turned up nearly 5000 miles away in Rio de Janeiro, they knew the South American Magellinic penguin must have gotten very lost. This lost little penguin was lucky that he was found, because now he has a new best friend.
Pereira de Souza helped rehabilitate the penguin to make sure he was okay. He named him Dindim and would clean his tarred feathers in the shower and feed him fish to help him get stronger.
When he went to release him back in the wild, it wasn't going as expected. "He wouldn’t leave, he stayed with me for 11 months," Pereira de Souza said. "just after he changed his coat with new feathers he disappeared."
It was hard to let him go, but Pereira de Souza knew he did the right thing. He wasn't sure if he would ever see him again, but several months later he saw a familiar little figure coming to his door...