Bird swims 5,000 MILES every year to visit Brazilian man who nursed it back to life after he found it covered in oil and dying on a beach
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'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.'
Mr Pereira de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to improve his strength then took him back to the sea 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.
'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.'
Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr Pereira de Souza for Globo TV, said: 'I have never seen anything like this before. I think 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.'
Another expert said it appears as though Dindim recognises Mr de Souza as he would another penguin, and acts accordingly.