How high is a penguin’s EQ?

| John Anderson | Nature

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In 2011, while walking Rio de Janeiro’s beach, Joao Pereira de Souza – a 71-year-old Brazilian fisherman –  encountered a wounded penguin lying on the sand. The penguin was starving and completely covered in oil and tar. Pereira took him home and tried to save him. In the weeks that followed, he showed daily, fed him sardines, and pampered him with warmth and love that helped him recover. Pereira named it Dindin

When Dindin recovered, Pereira took it back to shore and set it free, but the penguin refused to leave and remained with de Souza for 11 more months. It was only when all his feathers were replaced and there was no trace of oil and tar sticking to his body that Dindin finally left.

Everyone told the old fisherman Dindin would never return, but surprisingly, Dindim comes back to visit Pereira every year. He arrives around June, stays with him for eight months, and leaves back home in February.

To understand how extraordinary is this bond, you need to take into account that Dindan lives with the rest of its species in the Patagonia region some 8,000 miles from where Pereira lives.

Unfortunately, there is no EQ (emotional quantity) test for penguins, but you don’t need one to realize the intensity of love and gratitude Dindin has for Pereira

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