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It was March 20, 2011, when Joao Pereira de Souza, a retired Brazilian bricklayer discovered this Magellanic penguin lying oil-soaked on the beach by his shanty in Proveta in Ilha Grande, Brazil. De Souza, now 71, pitied the poor penguin and took it home to clean him up and feed him with sardines. He nicknamed the penguin as Jinjing.
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Although Jinjing leaves Ilha Grande from time to time for days and even months together to mingle with other penguins, he always remembers his way back home. When the duo gets together, they go for a walk together, swim together, and also engage in what can be called soulful conversation between the two entirely different species. In a story by Paul Kiernan in the Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that the name Jinjing meant endearment. The penguin is considered the village mascot and his story is well-known in the island of about 1300 residents.
When De Souza had met Jinjing in 2011, he recalled, he had thought that the creature would return to his home after he got better. But, when De Souza took him to the water's edge, he gulped down a sip of water and came back to the shore. Then the man had fed him with three more sardines, and then the penguin was there to stay. Magellanic penguins are native to Patagonia. Their mating season is around September, and in between December and February thy lay and hatch their eggs. Jinjing also leaves him home in February and then gets back in June.
De Souza relates, "He's jealous for me. He doesn't let any cat or dog near me or else he goes after them and pecks." Mery Alves de Souza, de Souza's daughter, had said on similar lines that Jinjing had become like a son to her father. She even pointed out that her father spent more time with the penguin and that it was hard to make him visit his real children, who live in Rio de Janeiro , about 6 hours from their village.
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