We have a often heard the phrase – “one good deed goes a long way”. But seldom do we get to see such phrases actually get implemented. But when they do, they provide us with a site that touches our hearts. One such incident happened with Mr Joao Pereira de Souza of Brazil, when a penguin he had once helped, traveled 5000 miles just to meet him!
*All Images Are Taken From Globo Tv Brazil*
Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, is from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and is a retired bricklayer and part time fisherman . In 2011, he discovered the tiny penguin deserted on some rocks. When Mr de Souza found the bird, it was starving and covered in a layer of oil. He took the poor penguin in and nursed him back to health.
The oil in the bird’s feathers took a week to get off. He named the bird Dimdim. And when Dimdim was well again, he released him into the ocean, never expecting to see him again!
But when the penguin returned just a few months later, much to the astonishment of Mr. de Souza, he recognized the fisherman. He returned with Mr. de Souza with his home. Ever since, Dimdim spends eight months every yaer with Mr. de Souza and, the rest off the coast of Chile and Argentina, breeding with the rest of the penguins.
The penguin travels 5000 miles every year just to meet with Mr de Souza. He says ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. 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.’
Upon his first return, Mr de Souza fed him with a regular diet of fishes, that allowed him to regrow his strength. After that he took him to the ocean to let him go. ‘But he wouldn’t leave, he stayed with me for 11 months and then just after he changed his coat with new feathers he disappeared,’ recalled the retired builder. ‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years.
Experts claim that they have never seen anything like this ever before with a penguin. The behavior is very unique and intriguing. They believe that the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well. ‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.
Theirs is a story that is very touching and inspiring. Loyalty and friendship really do know no limits. Just one good deed, that didn’t take much of an effort, earned Mr. de Souza a new friend. A very special friend. We too get such opportunities. It’s important we don’t let them go past us. Good deeds never go unnoticed!
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