This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
Prepare yourself for the cutest thing you'll ever read in your life.
After reading this ADORABLE story between a Brazilian man and a penguin, we're having trouble stringing together coherent thoughts… that's how in love we are with this story!
According to retired brick layer and part-time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, in 2011 he discovered a penguin covered in oil and near death.
Luckily for the penguin, Joao cleaned him up and then restored his strength with a daily diet of fish. The two became so close during this harrowing time that Souza named the sweet animal Dindim.
Once it was time to return Dindim back to the wild a week later, the sweet creature refused to leave.
The fisherman recalled:
"He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared."
Reasoning that Dindim went off to mate, Joao suspected he wouldn't ever see his little buddy ever again.
Cut to a few months later when the penguin spotted Souza on the beach. Once the two locked eyes, the cute animal ran up to his rescuer and hasn't left his side for five years. With the exception of every eight months when Dindim leaves to mate, the two have been inseparable and have formed a father and son type bond.
Speaking on their relationship, Joao explained:
"I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up."
Aww! How sweet!
A reporter who covered the wild story added:
"I have never seen anything like this before. 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."
Our hearts are SO full right now. Everyone deserves a precious bond like this!
So, what do YOU think of this story?
[Image via TV Globo.]
For example, how could anyone forget the time the tiny tot got to name a penguin chick from the Woodland Park Zoo, and HIGHlariously decided to call it Eagle??
LOL! Seriously the kid is absolutely precious.
Well it turns out that story isn't exactly over! In fact, the three-year-old took a trip to the zoo to actually meet Eagle face-to-beak!
And luckily for us, the whole thing was caught on camera, and the boy's momma decided to share the flawless photos on Twitter!
Ch-ch-check them out (below)!
There are tons of great segments that come out of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
One of our favorites is the nature documentary spoof Plizzanet Earth, which is hosted by, you guessed it, Snoop Dogg!
In this edition, Snoop is watching a video of a seal having sex with a king penguin — something Snoop finds so funny he makes a Bill Cosby joke!!
Gasp… oh no he didn't! Yes, yes he just did.
Check out the video (below) to hear Snoop's controversial quip!!
Shut every front door ever!
109-year-old Alfred "Alfie" Date, the oldest living Australian, had just moved into an assisted living facility in New South Wales when two nurses asked him to knit sweaters for the Phillip Island Penguin Foundation.
Apparently, the sweaters are designed to help save smaller penguins from potentially-fatal oil spills.
After one such spill in 2001, nearly all 438 affected penguins were saved!
Not only is this environmentally conscious knitting, but the penguins look fabulous too!
Keep up the great work, Alfie!
[Image via Phillip Island Penguin Foundation.]
Well, at least she isn't boring!
Salma Hayek attended the world premiere of Exodus: Gods and Kings in London on Wednesday, but she didn't look all too happy about it.
And that might've been due to her poor choice in clothing!
The 48-year-old actress wore an interesting black and white tuxedo dress with a black blazer, tights, and heels.
The whole ensem was all too penguin-y for our liking, and it didn't flatter her seksi curves at all. We've definitely seen her do better on the red carpet!
Hey, there's always next time!!
[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]
If you need your daily dose of cuteness, you've DEFINITELY come to the right place!
Over the past couple of months, the Oregon Zoo has welcomed five baby Humboldt penguins to the world, and they are absolutely ADORABLE!
The five furballs are creating quite a fuss too, because even though they're still small, they're already being prepped