Australian news celebrates return of stolen Big Bird costume

The Big Bird costume, beak open in what we hope is a puppet smile, after being discovered.

The Massive Hen costume, beak open in what we hope is a puppet smile, after being found.
Screenshot: 7News Australia

Final week, a pair of thieves kidnapped a Massive Hen costume from a Sesame Road circus present in Adelaide, Australia. We’re happy to report that the Hen swimsuit has been returned to its house. We’re much more happy, to report that the native 7News Adelaide has tweeted a video exhibiting the Sesame Road character’s return that’s much more eerie than one may count on footage of an enormous, empty costume mendacity deserted in the dead of night to be.

As a little bit of background, one other, much less unnervingly silent clip from 7News and an accompanying write-up explains how the Massive Hen costume was found propped up in opposition to {an electrical} field within the early morning final Wednesday. The swimsuit, which is valued by the Sesame Road Circus Spectacular at $160,000 (presumably AUD), disappeared from the present solely days earlier than it confirmed up once more. It was returned by two males “seen carrying darkish clothes” who dumped the costume close to Adelaide’s Bonython Park. The Hen boys left behind “a handwritten observe apologizing for the theft … within the chicken’s beak” that reads “we had no thought what we had been doing or what our actions would trigger.”

“We had been simply having a tough time and had been attempting to cheer ourselfs [sic] up,” the observe continued. “We had a good time with Mr. Hen, he’s an amazing man and no hurt got here to our buddy. So sorry to be such an enormous birden!” It was signed, “Sincerely, The Massive Hen Bandits.”

Whereas the Hen’s house owners are joyful for its return, 7News’s Twitter clip took a extra meditative take a look at the toll the expertise has taken on each Adelaide and Massive Hen himself. A person inspects the beak, removes the legs, and plumbs the depths of the costume’s feathery ass. All of the whereas, Massive Hen stares dead-eyed and mouth agape into the gap. Finally, he’s filmed in motion once more, waving listlessly at folks strolling previous. “Ah, Massive Hen!” somebody yells from offscreen. “Glad to have you ever again, bud!” Actual birds chirp within the distance as he walks down the sidewalk, away from the digital camera.

One way or the other, no person has edited this video but to incorporate Eraserhead background noise or a plaintive piano melody. However give it time. Simply as Massive Hen himself will want area to work by way of his kidnapping expertise, so, too, does the web require a short time longer earlier than it’s prepared to show the information B-roll into one thing much more haunting than the uncooked clip.

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