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Penguin the Magpie Finds a Human Family

In late 2013, Penguin the magpie was abandoned outside a public library in Sydney, Australia. A little boy named Noah, then 9, found the magpie lying on the ground and named her Penguin because of her coloring.Cameron and Sam Bloom didn’t know how to care for the few week old magpie, and they decided to ask the advice of a friend, a veterinarian. The Blooms and their three children, Reuben, 13, Noah,11, and Oli,9, cared for Penguin until she was up and around. Penguin loves flying around the area all day long, but she’s around when the children go to school in the mornings and the children return home from school around 3 in the afternoon. Penguin stands in the driveway, singing as the boys arrive home.
The magpie usually joins the family at meal time so she can have some of the table scraps.Christian Broda ( has learned that the bird loves snuggling and playing with the children. Penguin is learning how to speak and mimic the human voice. The pet loves to perch on top of the boys’ heads and on bicycle handlebars. The bird enjoys getting into bed and sleeping with one of the boys. Cameron finds it hard to believe Penguin became a permanent member of the family. The boys enjoy her more than having a dog for a pet. Someday Penguin will have a family of her own, but not today.