A friendly magpie named Pingu was filmed playing its favourite game ‘catch the pink flower’ in a backyard in Mackay, Queensland, on January 19.
In a video shared to Facebook by resident Joe van Stralen, Pingu can be seen playing fetch with the flower.
She soon tires of the game and trots off, flower in beak, to hide the precious “toy” in a safe place for next time.
“Pingu’s new fav game, Catch the flower, and when she’s had enough she puts it in a safe place, the garden light lol,” van Stralen said in the post.
Pingu fell from its nest on a windy night in September, 2018, and has refused to fly since.
Luckily, Pingu was adopted by van Stralen’s family and now lives a happy life.
It’s fed by its mum and dad magpies in the yard during the day and, come night, Pingu sleeps in a cage for protection.
“To this day, she hops around the yard all day being fed by her parents and us co-parenting,” van Stralen told Storyful.
“Her wild sister Stormy visits daily, spending most of the day with her.
Pingu has grown a strong bond with us, being handled and cared for although she’s never been in the house.
As we have 4 cats and a dog, she has the yard to herself.
“Pingu loves to play games like Tug-O-War, hide an seek, and her latest favourite game, Catch The Flower.” The young magpie provides comfort for Vanstralen who is suffering through an illness.
“She gives me joy every minute of the day as I’m battling illness and stuck at home all day.
She hangs out with me, sings me songs and has shown me the will to life, she is a beautiful bird, who won’t fly, filled with so much love and affection.
“It’s almost like she’s on a mission to make me smile, and she wins everytime, God bless her.
I call her a puppy with wings, as she follows, plays and does everything a puppy dose.
She’s heaven-sent, I’m sure of it.” Credit: Joe van Stralen via Storyful