Penguin was a magpie. An injured, baby magpie that Cameron Bloom and his family found outside their house, on the Northern Beaches above Sydney, Australia. He found it around the same time that his wife, Sam, got into a terrible accident. And so, together, Sam and Penguin recovered.
It sounds like the plot of a movie. And, as it turns out, the story is being made into a movie, and is now a book.
But a movie is a movie, and a book is a book, and Instagram is a beautiful illusion. And real life is having everything you know crushed to pieces, on a surfing vacation gone horribly wrong.
Penguin Bloom, the book by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Grieve, is now on sale in the United States. 10% of all royalties are being donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Courtesy of Penguin the Magpie's Instagram