Rescued Magpie Becomes Lifelong Friend with the Family Who Saved Her Life

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After being rescued and nursed back to health by a young family in Newport, Australia, a magpie named Penguin has become a regular visitor and friend at the Bloom family’s home, playing with them and coming in to hide when it rains.
Penguin was discovered flying on the ground near a library in 2013 by Noah, who is now 11. After being nursed back to health by husband and wife Cameron and Sam and their children (Reuben, 13, Noah, 11, Oli, 9), Penguin was allowed to fly free, but still returned often to spend time with the family. She plays catch, saunters through their home and even perches on their shoulders.
The bird waits for the family to leave their home before flying on her own way in the morning, and greets the kids when they get home from school; “It’s like a dog wagging its tail – she sits there in the tree and flaps her wings like she’s excited,” Noah’s father told ABC News.
“Little baby magpie came into our lives when she fell from a tree at about 3 weeks old”
magpie teeth
“We gradually nursed her back to health with a proper Magpie diet and lots of cuddles.”
MAGPIE SLEEPS
“She watches tv, jumps on the tramp with the kids, flies into our bed in the morning and cuddles up.”
MAGPIE FRONTAL
“I never thought she’d become as much a part of the family as she has. [The kids] love her like a dog, but better.”
MAGPIE KISS
MAGPIE FEET IN AIR
She’s free to fly – she often will just hang out around us in the morning then when the kids go to school she’ll do her own thing.”
MAGPIE FLY

“If you flap your arms like wings – she’ll flap her wings.”

“She spends a fair bit of time cruising inside the house, picking up the kids’ scraps and playing games. She’s pretty domesticated”

“When the kids play handball here with their friends… Penguin just flies from kid to kid, sort of gets involved. It’s pretty fun. It’s chaotic.”

“If other magpies are around she’ll make a beeline for the house and fly in here so she doesn’t get bombed and pecked – they really attack her.”

“A few months ago there was another baby magpie, a local one. She started playing with it and it came into the house.”

“Penguin and this one were just… talking and carrying on together. It was really cool.”

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0 responses to “Rescued Magpie Becomes Lifelong Friend with the Family Who Saved Her Life

  1. Thank you, Kelleigh, for reminding us there is light, and joy, and innocence — amidst the political darkness that surrounds us.

     
  2. When I was in h.s. my mom and I rescued a baby Robin from the window well, and fed it and she grew up healthy and happy. We’d have guests and be sitting on the patio, and our Robin (cheep-chirp) would fly onto someone’s shoulder or the table. Guests would freak out. We’d laugh. My mom couldn’t dig in the garden without Robin being right there looking for worms. It was a hoot…she flew south for the winter, and came back for two years…then was gone. But what a lovely experience.

     
  3. All of the birds known as corvids are remarkably intelligent. The most common examples that most of us would know and recognize are the crows, magpies, ravens, and jays. These birds can be very clever at solving problems and even using basic tools, they are highly observant, and they often seem to really like humans as well as other animals. They have a sense of social structure, and have even been observed to do things like leave shiny trinkets near feeding stations, apparently in return for the food they take!

     
    • So very true! Did you ever see the video of the bird stealing coins from the pop machine and putting them up on the roof? What a hoot. The owner couldn’t figure out what was happening to all the quarters, and this bird was stealing them by getting up inside the machine. It’s probably somewhere on youtube…

       
  4. Leeann Springer

    This is such a beautiful story about a magnificent magpie and love from a wonderful family. When I was growing up, our next door neighbors had a talking crow, named Alfie. We all loved Alfie, except he was a clothespin thief . We would often find our sheets and towels on the ground and the clothespins gone. Those were the days when our moms dried clothes on the line. We never complained, because we all loved that silly bird. We did, however, buy clothespins quite often. One day, our neighbor found a cubby hole where Alfie had a big stash of our clothespins, and returned them to us. We just laughed about it. Thanks for a wonderful story. Leeann

     
  5. Cool! 🙂

     
  6. Amazing pictures! What an intelligent and affectionate bird.

     

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