The Bloom family in Sydney, Australia has been happily living with their pet magpie, Penguin, since 2013 after being discovered by one of the kids on the ground barely a few weeks old and abandoned on the ground.
Today, Penguin is a joyous fixture in the family household composed of parents Cameron and Sam and their three boys, Reuben, Noah, and Oli.
But the Blooms say that Penguin acts more human compared to most magpies, being often found having a sneaky snuggle in bed, dining with the family or helping the kids get ready for school in the morning.
“The kids love her like a pet dog and it’s just become so normal having her around. She likes to sing for us when she’s around the house and likes to fly onto your head or sit next to you and nibble on your ear. She also runs down the hallway in the morning sometimes to snuggle up in bed with us or the kids,” shares Cameron.
Penguin has come a long way since it was first discovered.
“We kept her because I felt confident that I had the time and knowledge to bring her up safely and healthily. My best friend is also a vet. Her diet was meticulously made so she had the right balance. It used to take me half an hour to mix it all together,” he adds.
Penguin has adjusted to becoming one of the family.
“She flaps her wings with excitement when the kids come home from school and loves to eat with us as well. She usually has some of our scraps but sometimes when we have spaghetti, she’s cheeky and dives into to grab some of the meat off the table,” Mr. Bloom adds.
Cameron Bloom is a professional photographer and documents the moments his family has shared with Penguin to post on Instagram.
Penguin and the Bloom family currently have more than 9,000 followers on the social networking site. You can check the pictures out here.
“The joy she’s bought to all our lives has been immeasurable,” says Mr. Bloom.