It is the story of a touching relationship between a penguin and the Brazilian man who rescued him from certain death. And in return the bird travel approx 5000 miles to visits the fisherman every year

It was in 2011, 71 years-old Joao Pereira de Souza who is a retired bricklayer and part time fisherman, found a tiny penguin languishing in the rocks just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.


The helpless penguin was starving and covered in oil but Mr de Souza

took him in and nursed him back to health. Also he named the South American penguin ‘Jinjing’.

It took him a week just to clean the sticky black oil like residue from the bird’s feathers


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


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


Now, Jinjing 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. Jinjing is believed to swim around 5,000 miles or 8000 kms everytime he returns to Mr de Souza.

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Jinjing plays with fisherman, hangout with him and the duo spend great time together. No one else is allowed to touch him, he pecks them if they do.

The unlikely duo are all but inseparable and enjoy spending time with one another on the Brazilian island

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