Kind Man Forms an Unbreakable Bond With an Orphaned Baby Magpie 

Kind Man Forms an Unbreakable Bond With an Orphaned Baby Magpie 


Matt Owens and his pet magpie named Swoop enjoyed a special relationship before she flew the coop. While Matt misses her very much, he cherishes the beautiful memories they made together.

He’s now adopted another magpie named Zoe, who he dotes on just as he did with Swoop. Once you have a bird, you can’t imagine life without them since they make wonderful companions. They’re intelligent, loving and caring, and can fit into a family just like dogs and cats. Here’s the story of Matt and Swoop, and how they came into each other’s lives at the perfect time.

“My story first began in 2019 when I was driving down the road one day and I spotted an injured magpie on the side of the road,” Matt said. “I decided to take her in and look after her. I’ve never done anything like that before, so it was a pretty amazing experience from day 1.”

He took her home to meet his cat Mowgli, which turned out better than he anticipated. They became fast friends and soon were inseparable. Somehow Mowgli knew Swoop wasn’t cat food, but a family pet that needed love and care. Cats often get a bad rap for being standoffish and reclusive, but Mowgli welcomed Swoop with open arms.

“I ended up calling her Swoop, and Swoop got along really well with my cat, to my surprise. They spent pretty much everyday hanging out with one another. The story of Swoop and Mowgli went viral all around the world, and it was pretty incredible,” Matt said.” My cat and my magpie brought a lot of joy to people which was an amazing privilege, as the world’s been a pretty tough place lately.”

The pandemic turned the world upside down, and many people found themselves spending more time at home. With all that time on their hands, animal videos became a source of comfort and happiness.

Kind Man Forms an Unbreakable Bond With an Orphaned Baby Magpie

Luckily, there’s no shortage of cute animals on the Internet, and Swoop is no exception. She’s helped heal many hearts, but perhaps none as much as her loving owner.

“Swoop came along at a really tough time in my life, so having Swoop and having something to love really grounded me and helped me through that process too,” Matt explains.

He got to enjoy Swoop’s company for about a year. One day, Matt attended his dad’s funeral, but when he came home, Swoop wasn’t there. She’d made her way back to the wild once again. Of course, he missed her terribly, but he also wanted the best for her.

“So that was pretty tough, but at the same time it was bittersweet – I was really happy that she was living out her life with freedom. Since then a lot has happened – I’ve had ducks turn up at my house out of nowhere,” Matt said. “They have made nests and laid eggs, and I’ve ended up raising ducklings alongside the duck. I’ve had other birds come and go; I always try to help them, although I’m not a bird rescuer, I just give it my best shot.”


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Birds Seem to Flock to Matt, Much to His Delight

It seems that birds know Matt will take care of them. The loving energy he gives off must draw them in, and he’s thankful for it! As an animal lover, there’s nothing better than seeing new creatures show up at your doorstep. Even though Swoop moved on with her life, Matt wanted to honor the magpie somehow. So, he decided to dedicate a book to the adventures they enjoyed together.

“The biggest thing that has happened since I’ve had Swoop would be my children’s book that I started writing after she left, illustrated by an incredible young illustrator from my area named Emma. I heard Swoop selected her herself; Swoop was visiting her most days,” Matt recalls.

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