I’m like a bird…but I won’t fly away. Meet ‘penguin’ the magpie who think she is a human and sleeps, eats and cuddles with family after they rescued her
These are the adorable images of a confused magpie who thinks she’s a human.
The magpie, called Penguin formed a remarkable bond with a family in Australia, who rescued her and nursed her back to health after she was blown from her nest at just three-weeks-old.
Noah Bloom, now aged 11, found the injured magpie near to his home in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.
He took the young bird home where together with his parents Cameron and Sam Bloom, he nursed the young bird back to health.
The family, who live near Sydney’s northern beaches, expected the bird to fly away once it made a full recovery, but to their surprise the amazing chirper displayed appreciative loyalty and stuck around.
Two years later the magpie, who was lovingly named Penguin thanks to its resemblance to the aquatic creature, is now truly a part of the family.
The clever bird can now be seen sharing cuddles and meals with the family, listening to music and helping Noah and his siblings Reuben 13 and Oli 9 brush their teeth, do their homework and get ready for school.
Dad Cameron, 43, a professional photographer, captured Penguin’s remarkable relationship with his family on camera and created an Instagram account for her, which now has 21,000 followers.
He said: “She flaps her wings and sings when we get home. If she is on the roof and sees us coming. She will then fly down to greet us.
“She walks around the house, comes up into bed, watches us eat dinner and lunch, sits on our shoulders while we watch TV or read and plays catch with the kids.
“She loves to cuddle and sing and I know she loves us dearly.”
Penguin even loves toothpaste and helps the kids get the ‘Weetabix out of the molars’ when they brush their teeth in the morning.
She has even been able to lend emotional support after a family holiday to Thailand where Sam broke her back and ended up being permanently wheelchair bound.
Cameron said: “She has been Sam’s companion and spiritual healer.”
While Penguin is a firm friend of the family, like all birds she does fly away sometimes but always returns home to the Blooms.
Cameron said: “She has flown away for days and sometimes weeks. We would occasionally hear her call.
“She is often in the garden eating worms and spiders.
“Sometimes she is unfortunately bombed and attacked by two other local magpies who hate her. She then flies into our house for protection.”