This Goddamn Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year To See The Man That Saved His Life

What would you do if someone resuced you from certain death? Would you buy them flowers? Send them a card? Give them a lifetime supply of Boston cream donuts and a monthly sexual favor of their choice? Would you just text them a bunch and tell them you’re grateful? If you’re a person, that works.  If someone saves your life and you’re alive, just find a way to thank them, using any of the suggested options. Literally, any of that works.

But, if you’re a determined-ass penguin named Dindim, you’d hurl you body into the ocean and swim 5,000 miles every year to go chill with the retired fisherman and part-time bricklayer that nursed you back to life.

Here is the story of Dindim, and his savior/ride-or-die, Joao Pereira de Souza, who found Dindim on a beach in 2011, covered in oil.

Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.

After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls.
And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.

Is your heart warmed? Are you touched? I mean. The dedication! Here’s a short list of things I might love enough to swim 5,000 goddamn miles every single year.

  • my bed
  • most of my sisters
  • a day of uninterrupted silence
  • Kit-Kats

I hope one day to find something that inspires me as much as Dindim.