Penguin Swims 5000 Miles Every Year To Visit The Man Who Saved Him

This is a story about Jinjing the South American Magellanic Penguin, that swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.

The rescued Penguin was saved by João Pereira de Souza, a 73 year old part-time fisherman, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joao found the tiny penguin, at his local beach lying on rocks, it was covered in oil, could barely move and was close to death. Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength.

He named the penguin Jin Jing. Every year the Penguin leaves to the breeding grounds and then returns to Joao.


  1. GORDON MILES says

    Fantastic story

  2. Hennie Arkell says

    That’s so touching !! Most times I think that animals know how to love better and be more grateful than most humans!! What a touching story!!

  3. Ginger Valentino says

    I’m so touched by this video. It actually made me tear up. Love is such a beautiful and enormously strong sentiment. And yes when you receive it from any animal, it’s Pure, and wholehearted. There is nothing in this world that can compare. Thank You.

  4. Cj says

    Animals give unconditional love without expectation or criticism. We can learn so much from them

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