Veterinary nurse Keeley Ewart has found herself with a pet magpie after nursing him back to life.
Keeley, who works at the Goddard Veterinary Group, in Harrow Weald, cannot get the bird to fly the nest after looking after him for two weeks.
The magpie, which she has named Peanut, was only four weeks old when a member of the public found him injured at the side of the road and took him to the vets’ practice.
Peanut was suffering from head injuries and staff did not think he would survive.
Keeley said: “I scooped him in my arms and he looked so helpless. He was bleeding and clearly had a concussion. I put him in a cage for an hour to rest. Nobody expected him to survive, because his injuries were so severe.
“When he started to perk up and become a bit more responsive, I decided I’d take him home to look after him.”
Keeley, 23, got up every two hours in the night to feed him in the early days, before starting to wean him onto solid food. She is the only person Peanut will allow to hold him.
Now he is better, Keeley has been trying to get him to fly off again into the wild, but he has not wanted to go.
She said: “I know I can’t keep him forever, but I have become attached to him, because he’s just like a baby to me now. I’ll be very sad when he’s strong enough to leave me and fend for himself out there.”