At first glance, it may seem like a common story, but Queensland is home to an extraordinary bond between two best friends: Peggy and Molly.
Last fall, Julia and Peggy stumbled upon a hungry and disheveled bird during their walk. Contrary to Peggy’s usual fear of birds, she became intrigued by the creature and captured its attention.
Interestingly, there were no concerned guardians or nearby nests to be found.
Filled with compassion, Julia decided to bring the bird home.
In the following week, Julia and Peggy worried for the bird’s survival as it slept incessantly and showed no interest in eating.
Peggy, on the other hand, stood faithfully by Molly’s side throughout.
Once the bird regained strength, it was given a name and an opportunity to soar freely. Julia and Rhys intentionally left the window open, occasionally letting Molly venture into the open space.
However, the magpie showed no hurry to leave her rescuers.
Peggy took on a maternal role, even exhibiting signs of lactation. The young “daughter” eagerly adopted the habits of her new “mother.”
For a while, Julia and Rhys couldn’t fathom the source of multiple simultaneous barking sounds.
Gradually, Julia began to realize that it wasn’t their dog making those sounds.
Curious, she followed the noise and was taken aback. It was Molly, the magpie, cleverly deceiving them.
Now, Rhys and Julia hope to reintroduce Molly to the wild, knowing that it is vital for magpies to socialize and communicate with their own kind.
Isn’t this an extraordinary tale of friendship?