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It began in 2011, when retired bricklayer Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, rescued a South American Magellanic penguin on a fishing village island off Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The animal was starving and covered in oil, but after Mr Pereira de Souza helped it recover, the two became best buddies.
The penguin, named Dindim by its friend, comes back to see him for eight months every year.