On February 12th around 3:00 in the afternoon Big Bird left our family abruptly when he was thrown out of a Costa Rican express bus traveling from the Costa Rica-Panama border towards the capitol San Jose. Big Bird is survived by his lifelong partner Julian Bay. What makes this event even more tragic is that Big Bird was thrown out of the window by Julian himself. Julian had spent nearly half his life with Julian when he launched Big Bird into a roadside ditch near the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
No one knows exactly where Big Bird came from, but he was most likely born in China and from there shipped to the United States where he was purchased for $14.99 on EBay by Julian’s mother, Allison Bay. Since Big Bird joined the Bay family he had traveled extensively with them: Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, England, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. During their relationship Julian and Big Bird were nearly unseparable.
Julian’s mother appeared to be more upset about the loss than Julian, who promptly took up with a small red rooster. Rest In Peace, dear Big Bird.