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There’s A Bird In Bed With These Boys – The Reason Will Make Your Heart Swell

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Since 2013, professional photographer Cameron Bloom has had a very special subject star in his pictures. On a particularly windy day, Bloom”s son, Noah, found a three-week-old baby magpie on the ground just over a mile from their home in Sydney, Australia. If they hadn”t taken her in, she would”ve had a very short life in the wild without a mother, vulnerable to predators. The family dubbed the baby bird Penguin, and she”s been a crucial part of their family ever since. Here”s why:

Shortly before Noah came across Penguin, Sam, Cameron”s wife, had broken her back.

Shortly before Noah came across Penguin, Sam, Cameron

Suddenly, she was confined to a wheelchair. It was understandably a very hard time for the family.

“There was this amazing story of love and loss…Penguin…was broken and [had] lost her family…”

“[A]nd my wife, Sam, [was] no longer able to walk,” recalls Bloom.

Penguin is free to fly as far from home as she likes, but she always comes back to snuggle with her parents and brothers, Rueben, Noah, and Oli.

Penguin is free to fly as far from home as she likes, but she always comes back to snuggle with her parents and brothers, Rueben, Noah, and Oli.

She”s incredibly self-sufficient…

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Feeding on worms and bugs, just as any other bird would scavenge for itself.

But sometimes, she”ll join the Blooms at the dinner table…

But sometimes, she

Picking at bits of meat and gladly accepting scraps that the family feeds her.

Picking at bits of meat and gladly accepting scraps that the family feeds her.

No candy for Peng, though!

No candy for Peng, though!

The birdie is just as much a part of the family as a dog or cat would be.

The birdie is just as much a part of the family as a dog or cat would be.

She won”t go so far as to come when you say her name, but she will squawk “Hello!”

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Penguin is particularly close to Noah…

Penguin is particularly close to Noah...

Possibly because he”s the one who found her in her moment of need.

But, clearly, the love is felt throughout the entire family.

But, clearly, the love is felt throughout the entire family.

She”ll come home after spending a day enjoying the wilderness to, um, “help” the kids with their homework.

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She”s also great at keeping the boys” feet warm while they do their reading.

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And she makes sure they stay on task while studying.

And she makes sure they stay on task while studying.

But that doesn”t mean she isn”t up to rock out, too!

But that doesn

She”s a big proponent of dental hygiene.

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Either that, or she just really likes toothpaste!

As long as she gets to spend time with her family, she”s a happy camper.

As long as she gets to spend time with her family, she

She even helped her mother get ready to represent Australia at the Paracanoe World Championships in Milan.

She even helped her mother get ready to represent Australia at the Paracanoe World Championships in Milan.

It was a difficult journey…

But watching Penguin bounce back so impressively after her own loss and seeing how vibrant and grateful the bird was to the family were major factors in Sam”s own rehabilitation.

But watching Penguin bounce back so impressively after her own loss and seeing how vibrant and grateful the bird was to the family were major factors in Sam

“As Penguin flourished, so did [my wife],” says Bloom.

It”s no wonder why Bloom was so inspired to capture all of these touching moments through his lens.

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Yes, they are beautiful images on their own, but once you realize the impact this one magpie has had on the family, they are even more striking.

“I”m a photographer so [I] love to capture and document all things. When we found Penguin, I didn”t shoot that much…but as her personality and relationship with our family grew, so did my interest,” notes Bloom.

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What an inspiring and unexpected story. Be sure to visit Bloom”s website for more of his stunning images and professional endeavors. You can also follow Penguin”s adventures with the Bloom family on Instagram, as well as those of the man behind the lens.

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