A wild penguin named Jinjing has visited João Pereira de Souza, a retired bricklayer, in Brazil every few months for the past five years—ever since de Souza rescued the bird from an oil spill. You can't make this up. It's World Penguin Day today, so please take the occasion to watch this fabulous bit of cross-species reporting by Paul Kiernan at The Wall Street Journal. It's cute, dammit.
From the original article, first published last year:
“He took a drink of water and then came back onto the beach. So I gave him three more sardines and that was it: He never left me again,” Mr. de Souza says on a recent afternoon as Jinjing nibbles affectionately at his hand.
He looks down: “Isn’t that right, Jinjing?”
Come on. It even has biologists amazed. "I have never seen anything like this before," said one to the Independent. "I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well. When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight."