He's Back! Brazilian fisherman hugs his PENGUIN pal who swims 5,000 miles to see him every year


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Last year we shared the story of this penguin called Dindim, who was trapped on Ilha Grande island. Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, discovered the animal five years ago.  The magellanic penguin was starving and covered in oil and was saved by Pereira. Now Dindim spends eight months of the year with Mr de Souza.

And he's back! Another year and he has come back to spend his time with Mr. Pereira.

New photos have been released of the touching moment a Brazilian fisherman hugs his penguin friend who swims 5,000 miles to see him every year after he saved his life in 2011. 

The penguin, called Dindim, was snapped in the village of Proveta on September 5 on Ilha Grande island, Brazil.  

Retired bricklayer and part-time fishermanJoaoPereira deSouza, 71, discovered the tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011.

The helpless South American Magellanic penguin was starving and covered in oil but Mr de Souza took him in and nursed him back to health.

It took him a week just to clean the sticky black residue from the bird's feathers. 

When Dindim was well again Mr de Souza released him back into the sea, never expecting to see his new friend again.

He was astonished when, just a few months later, the penguin returned to the island where he recognised Mr de Souza and returned home with him.

Now,Dindim spends eight months of the year with Mr deSouza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile. 

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