Couple introduces NEW feathered resident

It’s been a busy day for the Peggy and Molly internet sensation. On Tuesday, the Gold Coast couple behind the Insta-famous magpie revealed they’d raised a second native bird.

On the same day, Queensland authorities also announced they’d canceled an outstanding fine that amounted to thousands of dollars. It had been issued in March when the bird was surrendered amid allegations it was being kept without a license.

The surrender of Molly drew international attention, and petitions to have her returned acquired thousands of signatures, prompting the Queensland Premier to step in and call for a “common sense” resolution.

In an Instagram post, Reece Mortensen and Juliette Wells said the juvenile bird in after it fell from its tree during wild weather over the new year.

The couple revealed they’d raised Charlie the kookaburra under the supervision of wildlife rescuers, and added they’d been feeding it a specialized diet and kept it outside as much as possible.

“The day had come when he found the confidence to fly back to his family and we were cheering, it was such an exciting thing to witness and to be part of,” they said on Instagram.

Yesterday, after Yahoo News inquired whether fines had been issued in relation to Molly the magpie, DESI advised a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) had been issued on March 21.

But it confirmed the PIN had actually been withdrawn on the same day we inquired.

“A $2,156 Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) was issued to a person in relation to an alleged offense of the restriction on keeping or use of lawfully taken protected animal under the Nature Conservation Act 1992,” it said in a statement.

“Anyone who receives a PIN has the right to request a review with the issuing authority or contest it through a court process.”

Because the matter has now been resolved it declined to comment further about why the fine was withdrawn.

In April, Molly the magpie was returned to Reece Mortensen and Juliette Wells after they agreed to four conditions including that they stop making commercial gain from the bird or its image, and undertake wildlife care training.

Since then, the Peggy and Molly Facebook and Instagram accounts have been flooded with pictures of Juliette, Reece, Molly and their two dogs, delighting their followers.

The surrender of Molly the magpie split opinion in Australia and became an issue of national debate. The government has announced it is now conducting a review of its wildlife licensing rules, with the environment minister saying there have been “lessons learned” from the Molly the magpie saga.

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