Animals have hearts and souls and even wild animals are able to display human emotions. Penguin swims 5,000 MILES every year to visit Brazilian man who nursed it back to life after he found it covered in oil and dying on a beach. “I love the penguin, he’s like my child and I believe he loves me.”
UK Daily Mail This incredible video shows the touching relationship between a penguin and the Brazilian man who rescued him from certain death. Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered the tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011.
The helpless creature was starving and covered in oil but Mr de Souza took him in and nursed him back to health, naming the South American Magellanic penguin Dindim.
It took him a week just to clean the sticky black residue from the bird’s feathers. When Dindim was well again Mr de Souza released him back into the sea, never expecting to see his new friend again.
The flightless bird is believed to swim around 5,000 miles everytime he returns to Mr de Souza. ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Mr Pereira de Souza told Globo TV.
‘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.’ Mr Pereira de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to improve his strength then took him back to the sea to let him go.
‘But he wouldn’t leave, he stayed with me for 11 months and then just after he changed his coat with new feathers he disappeared,’ recalled the retired builder. ‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years.
‘He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’
Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr Pereira de Souza for Globo TV, said: ‘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.’
Another expert said it appears as though Dindim recognises Mr de Souza as he would another penguin, and acts accordingly.
We all knew him as ‘Grouchy Fogey’ at BNI, where we have enjoyed his wit and wisdom for many years. Yet only today we learn that his real name was Eugene. All your friends at BNI will miss you, Grouchy. Rest in peace and give ’em hell up there!
EUGENE aka Grouchy Fogey
Grouchy often posted stories from BNI on his website calledNox & Friends from where I received this tribute to him today.
Eugene was born on July 4th and he was as pro-American as anyone could be. He served honorably in the United States Air Force. As you all know, he was conservative to the bone. He was a lover of animals big and small, polite, quick witted, funny, and spiritual too, not religious but a student of religion and biblical history. In the nutshell, just a darn good soul.
He was one of the founders at ‘Nox & Friend along with Terry and Kathy. He was also our resident philosopher and islamic expert. He really took his job here very seriously and with great passion. For the longest time he wrote about islam, its teachings, philosophy, and objectives. It hurt him deeply. Writing about those barbarians really tore him up. I asked him to stop. He did.
These last years Grouchy suffered from serious heart conditions and he was in and out of the hospital . The last go around he wasn’t quite sure he’d make it out so he called me to let me know that the “Quote of the Day” was scheduled out a few days. Seriously? We both had a good laugh over that but I share this with you only as evidence of how much he loved posting here and how much he enjoyed the interaction with our readers and fellow bloggers.
Eugene is survived by Rose Ann, who he called “his angel”, and who was with him when he passed. The timing of his earthly departure was in the middle of a blizzard. I can only surmise the blowing snow must have been Colorado angel tears.
He’ll be sorely missed by us for sure, and there is a hole in our hearts.
We all knew this day was coming but one is never ready to lose a friend. I’m sure he would have loved to have made it beyond the presidential elections. Now he has a skybox view. I can only imagine his armchair prognostications, especially now since Ted Cruz won Iowa. I also imagine him asking Saint Peter, “hey, what’s up with these islamic barbarians anyway… when’s the Big Guy gonna take them out?”.
God bless you Grouchmeister. The Good Lord called a good man home. I’m glad I knew him and could call him friend.
Several regular commenters have complained about comments they make here that seem to go missing. They did not go to Spam and I did not delete them, so I couldn’t figure out what happened.
Usually, I empty my Trash file about once a month, but today I decided to look at it first. Lo and behold, I found all the missing comments. Some of them were my comments, too. I still have no idea why this is happening, but from now on I will check the Trash file as well as the Spam file for comments that shouldn’t be there and will repost them.
A group of prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the U.S., and Europe have issued a historic public statement affirming that Christianity is “the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations” and urging Jews and Christians to “work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era.”
Breitbart (h/t Liz)“Jesus brought a double goodness to the world,” the statement reads. “On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically” and on the other hand “he removed idols from the nations,” instilling them “firmly with moral traits.”
This year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, thedeclaration issued in 1965 by the Second Vatican Council, which marked a watershed in Jewish-Christian relations.
“The real importance of this Orthodox statement is that it calls for fraternal partnership between Jewish and Christian religious leaders, while also acknowledging the positive theological status of the Christian faith. Jews and Christians must be in the forefront of teaching basic moral values to the world,” said Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, one of the statement’s initiators, and founder of CJCUC, member of the Israeli Rabbinate and the Chief Rabbi of Efrat.
In language unusual for its day, Nostra Aetate stated that “God holds the Jews most dear,” stressed the great “spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews,” and condemned “hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.”
Now, a group of Jewish leaders has responded in kind, expressing their desire to accept “the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters.” “Christians are congregations that work for the sake of heaven who are destined to endure, whose intent is for the sake of heaven and whose reward will not denied,” the text reads.
The statement bears the title, “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians,” and is signed by over 25 prominent Orthodox rabbis, who invite fellow Orthodox rabbis to join in signing the statement.
“Now that the Catholic Church has acknowledged the eternal Covenant between G-d and Israel, we Jews can acknowledge the ongoing constructive validity of Christianity as our partner in world redemption, without any fear that this will be exploited for missionary purposes,” it says.
Echoing recent words by Pope Francis, the document states: “We are no longer enemies, but unequivocal partners in articulating the essential moral values for the survival and welfare of humanity.” “Neither of us can achieve G-d’s mission in this world alone,” it says.
According to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, one of the statement’s initiators, the “real importance of this Orthodox statement is that it calls for fraternal partnershipbetween Jewish and Christian religious leaders, while also acknowledging the positive theological status of the Christian faith.”
“This proclamation’s breakthrough is that influential Orthodox rabbis across all centers of Jewish life have finally acknowledged that Christianity and Judaism are no longer engaged in a theological duel to the death and that Christianity and Judaism have much in common spiritually and practically. Given our toxic history, this is unprecedented in Orthodoxy.” said Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, Academic Director of CJCUC.
Some of the world’s most popular Christmas songs, including ‘White Christmas’ by Irving Berlin, were written by Jews, so it’s only fitting that the Senior Senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch, a Mormon himself, would write what has become the all-time best Hanukkah song ever. Enjoy! NOTE: the lead singer for the ‘8 Days of Hanukah’ here is an Arab Christian.
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