Animals Gone Viral: Penguin the Magpie

Word—and adorable photos—started circulating in March about an Australian family (husband and wife Cameron and Sam Bloom, along with their sons Reuben, Noah, and Oli) who “adopted” a baby magpie they found abandoned in New South Wales in late 2013. Based on her appearance, the little bird was dubbed “Penguin” by 10-year-old Noah and quickly became a beloved member of the family. While Penguin is free to roam wherever she pleases—and sometimes disappears for up to two weeks at a time—she always returns home for some TLC. Cameron, a professional photographer, put his skills to the test cultivating a wildly popular Instagram feed. It had just over 27,000 followers when the precious pet became a viral sensation a couple months ago and that number has since swelled to over 86,000. Follow Penguin’s sweet home life @penguinthemagpie.


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