The $ 160,000 Big Bird costume was returned after the self-proclaimed “Big Bird Bandits” stole it from a circus in Adelaide.
A light yellow costume 213 cm high, allegedly made of ostrich feathers, was found thrown near the southwest end of the circus, noting that “Mr. Bird” did no harm.
South Australian police have been called into the spectacular circus circle of Sesame Street on Port Road, Thebarton, after two men were seen wearing a missing costume early Wednesday morning.
Police say the costume was thrown near a power box outside the circus and that the two men wearing it fled across Port Road.
Patrols landed in the area and secured a stolen costume that contained a “letter of apology” in its beak.
The note, signed by “Big Bird Bandits”, begins by offering an apology for taking the costume and explains that the “bandits” were just trying to cheer themselves up.
“We had no idea what we were doing or what our actions would cause.
“We had a hard time and we tried to have fun,
“We had a great time with Mr. Bird, he’s a great guy and he didn’t hurt our friend.”
Just before signing, the writers apologized for being “such a big bird”.
Police said they searched the area using police dog patrols but were unable to find the two men.
Circus director Keith Brown told ABC Radio Adelaide that the feathers were left by “bandits”.
“He lost a couple of feathers as he headed down the road.”
“We all live on the spot, it’s a traveling tour. This is the first time that Sesame Street has joined the circus – we must remember that this is an international circus show. “
A huge costume was brought in from New York to participate in the circus. Authorities confirmed that the bird was not damaged during the damage.
An investigation into the theft is underway, and police say they suspect the “robbers” stole the costume sometime between Sunday afternoon, April 18, and Monday morning, April 19.
Anyone with information about the incident is advised to contact Crime Stoppers.