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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Pensioner Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, discovered dying penguin on beach. He nursed creature, which was covered in oil, back to health at his home. Mr de Souza named the creature Dindim and released him back into wild. Dindim goes off to breed but always returns to stay at Mr de Souza's home.

This incredible video shows the touching relationship between a penguin and the Brazilian man who rescued him from certain death.

Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered the tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011. 

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

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 de Souza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.

The flightless bird is believed to swim around 5,000 miles everytime he returns to Mr de Souza.

'I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,' Mr Pereira de Souza told Globo TV. 

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