A magpie and a dog in Australia whose incredible friendship made them social media stars now have a third member in their gang.
English Staffordshire Bull Terrier Peggy befriended Molly the magpie last year, with the unlikely friends now being joined by Peggy’s puppy Ruby.
Their owners, who have been documenting the trio’s escapades on Instagram, say that the three now do everything together.
The famous unlikely friendship duo between a staffy and magpie has added a third member to their group
Staffordshire bull terrier Peggy and magpie Molly developed an unlikely friendship on the Gold Coast after Peggy’s owner found Molly injured and took her in
Pet pooch and wild magpie hold hands while sleeping together
In 2020, English staffy Peggy befriended Molly when she and her owner Juliette, 45, were out for their daily walk
Peggy and her owner found the magpie left for dead, with Juliette taking her in to nurse her back to health after Peggie appeared to be very concerned about the little bird.
After Molly made a full recovery with the help of loving Peggy, Juliette and partner Reece, 52, noticed Molly did not want to leave – despite the couple encouraging her.
Instead of flying the nest, Molly stayed with the family and struck up an adorable friendship with Peggy. The couple began posting pictures of the two animals playing and sleeping together, and even holding ‘hands’.
Peggy and Molly have continued to build their bond and their owners share pictures and videos them playing and enjoying life together on their Instagram, which has over 130,000 followers.
Now, a ‘mischievous’ puppy named Ruby has joined the inter-species friendship.
Now Peggy has a ‘mischievous’ puppy, Ruby, that has joined the team and the group loves playing together
Peggy had a litre of 5 puppies some 15 months ago and the family was happy to welcome Ruby into their lives.
Molly was quick to jump on board too, with the pair soon becoming daily playmates as Ruby’s energetic attitude works to keep Molly on her toes.
Juliette said Molly is continuing to heal with more feathers growing back while Peggy is enjoying a break from the play as Ruby takes over.
‘Molly is really changing rapidly, so is Peggy since she’s become a mum,’ she told Nine News.
‘Now they’re both growing.’
Juliette, 45, from Queensland, Australia, said that her staffy is usually terrified of magpies but was concerned when this small one was left for dead
The couple have been teaching Molly the magpie to catch her own worms and lizards, but Juliette said that she ‘really thinks she’s a dog’ and ‘runs around after Peggy’
Speaking in May, Juliette described how Molly was determined to stay with Peggy and the special bond the pair formed.
‘We always leave all the doors and windows open and have tried to get her to fly back into nature but she has no interest in leaving us,’ she said.
‘We’ve been teaching her to catch her own worms and lizards.. But she really thinks she is a dog, she runs around after Peggy.
‘Molly thinks Peggy is her mum, and Peggy thinks she is her daughter.