The Bloom family in Newport, Australia acquired a rather unexpected member of their clan — a little magpie they named Penguin.
The family rescued the three-week-old magpie after she fell from a tree. When they took her in to nurse her back to health, they had no idea Penguin would soon become a lifelong friend.
Though Penguin can fly away at any time, she chooses to visit the family frequently and, as a result, has become pretty domesticated.
Recently, an incredible series of photographs were posted to Imgur, documenting the family's life together with Penguin. The stunning images, by photographer Cameron Bloom show just how much the bird has integrated into the Blooms' every day lives, and proves love comes in all shapes and sizes.
Check out the photos below, captioned by a member of the Bloom family.
“We gradually nursed her back to health with a proper magpie diet and lots of cuddles.”
“She watches TV, jumps on the tramp with the kids, flies into our bed in the morning and cuddles up.”
“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.”
“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."
“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."
“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.”
Check out more photographs of Penguin and her human family on Instagram.
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