Stolen Big Bird costume returned to circus in Adelaide with apology note

A stolen Huge Hen costume value $160,000 has been returned after being taken from a circus in Adelaide by self-proclaimed “Huge Hen Bandits”. 

SA Police (SAPOL) patrols have been referred to as to the Sesame Road Circus Spectacular at Port Street, Thebarton, simply earlier than 5:00am on Wednesday, after two males have been reportedly seen carrying what seemed to be the lacking costume.

SAPOL stated the costume of the character from the Sesame Road kids’s TV present was dumped close to the south-western finish of the circus, by an electrical energy field, and that the 2 males — who have been each sporting darkish clothes — ran away throughout Port Street.

The “Huge Hen Bandits” returned the costume, with a notice, early on Wednesday.(

Provided: SA Police


Patrols converged on the realm, securing the stolen costume, which SAPOL stated contained a “letter of apology” within the beak.

The notice, signed off by the “Huge Hen Bandits” contained an apology for taking the costume, and stated “we had no thought what we have been doing, or what our actions would trigger”.

“We have been simply having a tough time and have been making an attempt to cheer ourselves up,” stated the notice, which additionally apologised for being “such an enormous birden”.

Canine patrols searched the realm, however the two males weren’t positioned.

The 213cm-tall yellow costume is comprised of ostrich feathers and was flown from New York to participate within the present.

Circus director Keith Brown stated the return of Huge Hen was a “huge shock”.

“A concreter on his method to work has seen two gents working from the circus, thought one thing was flawed, so rang triple-0,” Mr Brown stated.

“After which he turned his automobile round to seek out that they have been really dumping Huge Hen on the placement.

“They did not simply return the costume, they’ve returned all of the sound tools and all {the electrical} tools as nicely.”

Circus pleased with Huge Hen’s return

Huge Hen’s fame meant the lacking costume made worldwide information in current days, with Mr Brown receiving a cellphone name from workers at Sesame Road’s headquarters in New York yesterday.

Two men wearing black hug a giant yellow Big Bird character outside a circus tent
Huge Hen with Keith Brown and Dominik Gaser after the Sesame Road costume was returned to the circus in Adelaide.(

ABC Information: Sarah Mullins


 “You may hear the site visitors on the market, everybody’s beeping their horns [as they drive past],” he stated.

“I feel that is the one purpose that we obtained the costume again, as a result of all people’s obtained behind us.

Costume took three months to make and was ‘signed off by Sesame Road’

Mr Brown stated the costume’s price ticket was as a result of supplies it was made out of, in addition to the workmanship that went into creating an genuine Sesame Road character.

“A fancy dress like this takes almost three months to make,” he stated.

“Costumes like this usually are not simply sitting on the shelf — they arrive from America, they’re made in America, they’re signed off by Sesame Road.

“It is all of the infrastructure, it is the working mechanisms on the within of the costume.”

SAPOL stated in an announcement that the costume appeared to be intact.

The police investigation into the theft, which occurred between Sunday afternoon, April 18 and Monday morning, April 19, continues.

If discovered, the suspects may face theft expenses.

Anybody with details about the incident is inspired to contact Crime Stoppers.

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