Wednesday, March 23, 2016


In fact, most of us qualify!

A retired Brazilian bricklayer rescued an oil-covered penguin off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, Joao spent a week cleaning and feeding the starving Magellanic penguin who disappeared in February, only to return in June to reunite with his rescuer.

This pattern has repeated every year since then. The penguin leaves in February to mate and molt and returns in June to reunite with his friend Joao. With each visit their bond grows stronger. Joao said, "I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me."

I dedicate this sweet story to Sadie, my mom, who loved penguins her whole life and whose penguin collection sits dormant in boxes in my garage. The pic below is when she finally got to hold a penguin at Tampa zoo with her grandsons who are now 21 and 19.

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