A Warm Reunion: Magpie Celeb Molly Reconnects with Her Human and Furry Crew

Alex Thompson By Alex Thompson Jun18,2024
The carers of a magpie, who gained social media fame for his friendship with two dogs, say they’re excited to have the bird returned to them, after a long battle with the government.
Molly the magpie had been surrendered to Queensland authorities by his Gold Coast family in March following complaints over the lack of a permit.

Juliette Wells and Reece Mortensen rescued the bird when he fell from a nest in 2020, and he formed a happy, yet unusual, relationship with dogs Peggy and Ruby.

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation has now approved a specialised licence and returned Molly to the Gold Coast home.
Wells and Mortensen said they, and Molly’s canine friends, were happy to have the magpie home.
“We have been visualising and looking forward to this day for a while,” they said in a statement.

“When we arrived home the excited wiggly bottoms were in full force and a few excited noises from Molly.


Gold Coast couple Juliette Wells and Reece Mortensen with their dogs and Molly the magpie. Credit: Supplied

“We look forward to life settling back down to normal very soon.”

The department found the bird was highly habituated and may have developmental issues meaning it could not be returned to the wild.

The magpie was returned on the condition there is no further commercial gain from the bird, his carers undertake wildlife training and there is ongoing work with the agency to ensure the bird is receiving the best care and enrichment.

“These conditions are standard for all specialised licences held by wildlife carers in Queensland and ensure the best outcome for the bird’s ongoing health and wellbeing,” the department said.
The couple has to take on an advocacy and public education role to ensure other Australians appropriately care for native wildlife as well as the special skills required to do so.

More than 130,000 Peggy and Molly fans signed a petition calling to the Queensland Department of Environment to return the bird to the family and their dogs.

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2 thoughts on “A Warm Reunion: Magpie Celeb Molly Reconnects with Her Human and Furry Crew”
  1. Isn’t it amazing how Molly’s friendship with the dogs captured everyone’s hearts? Do you think Molly will adapt well back at home after being away for so long?

  2. It’s heartwarming to see Molly reunited with his human and furry family! I’m glad the government approved a licence for Molly’s return. He truly belongs with the ones who care for him. Let’s hope for a smooth transition back to normal for everyone involved.

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