Famous magpie Molly and dog Peggy to be reunited after Premier’s intervention

Molly, the magpie, and her dog companion Peggy will be reunited, their popular Instagram account announced on Thursday. The two were separated after wildlife officers said that Molly had to be handed in. 

In 2020, Juliette Wells and Reece Mortensen rescued Molly as a baby in Australia. They raised Molly alongside their Staffordshire terrier, Peggy, and later her daughter, Ruby.

Molly and Peggy developed an unlikely but enduring friendship that charmed the global online community, with over 800,000 followers on Instagram.

However, their joyful coexistence was abruptly halted at the end of March when the Department of Environment, Science, and Innovation (DESI) determined that Molly had been kept without the necessary wildlife permits.

Responding to the legal requirements, Wells and Mortensen surrendered Molly to DESI at the end of March. After sharing how devastated they were with their followers, a widespread campaign advocating for the bird’s return began.

Amid the public outcry, Queensland Premier Miles stepped in, announcing that the couple would be able to secure the needed licenses, allowing for Molly’s return.

“Our hearts are full of happiness after talking to the Premier yesterday. We will be speaking to the department (DESI) today to finalise the next steps to bringing Molly home,” the couple said Thursday.

For the bird to return, Wells and Mortensen agreed not to profit from her. They are also required to undergo wildlife carer training. Additionally, they are encouraged to educate the public on the proper care of native wildlife.

Australian Magpie

Australian magpies are iconic birds native to Australia, renowned for their distinctive black and white feathers and melodic singing. The birds live across most of Australia.

Magpies can recognize individual human faces and can differentiate between threatening and non-threatening behaviors in humans.

The animals are deeply embedded in the country’s culture and are often seen in gardens and parks, where they can interact closely with humans.

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