‘Alaskan Bush People’: Matt Brown Gets Emotional Over Death of Baby Bird

by Jon D. B.

“Thanks for being out there friends,” says the Alaskan Bush People star after the loss of one of the baby songbirds he continues to care for.

*Wildlife tech note: If you come across baby songbirds that have fallen onto the ground, look for their nest. It should be within a few meters of where they fell. Gently place the babies back into their nest if able, and keep an eye out for their parents to return. If this doesn’t work, please contact your local wildlife rescue/rehabilitation center. Residents in areas that do not have a rescue available should call local animal control. Baby birds are incredibly fragile, and require around-the-clock expert care – but will always stand the best chance if reunited with their parents.

Alaskan Bush People‘s Matt Brown is an Outsider to his core. Like many of us, he has a soft spot for nature’s young. Early in May, Matt found a clutch of songbird chicks on the ground, with no nest or parents in sight. He did his best to take care of them, feeding them little worms at first. Parent birds will “chew” and regurgitate their food, so feeding tiny weans solid food is not the way to go. After some research, Matt took to pureeing bird food into a “mush” to give the little ones a chance at life.

“Let me tell yah, I have a whole new respect for mommy and daddy birds!” the Alaskan Bush People vet said at the time.

‘Alaskan Bush People’s Matt Brown Speaks on Grief Amidst Loss of Baby Bird

Yet nature is unpredictable, and even with the best of care, some babies simply aren’t going to make it. In kind, Matt lost one of his little rescues over the past weekend. Though heavily and visibly grieved, Matt is taking the opportunity to speak to his followers on how “important” it is to “process our feelings.”

“Processing our feelings in the moment helps us not carry them around to come out latter in an unhealthy way. Or keep us sad. Thanks for being out there friends :) J.3.16,” he posts to his Instagram followers.

“Thank God that the other two little babies are warm and their fed,” The Alaskan Bush People vet begins. He spent the morning “processing his grief,” and is absolutely torn up over the loss.

“It was loved, and it was taken care of”

“The one that passed away was the one that chirped all the time,” he continues. “So there was constantly noise coming from the nest… And then the nest was quiet. That was really, really sad. Now the other two babies are doing their little chirps and stuff, and that’s so nice… I’m just going to continue to raise the other two and make sure they grow up big and strong.”

“When I first found them, I was really worried,” he notes. “With my addiction, and all my past trauma and grief, little babies dying would totally tear me up… Now, with a lot of therapy, and also a lot of processing, I’m able to deal with the trauma, the loss… I’ve been able to learn how to process these things better. So I think this was really Jesus giving me the opportunity to realize that I’m not as fragile as I used to be,” the Alaskan Bush People vet says as he begins to tear up once more.

“Nature and life… are nature and life,” Matt adds. “The Bible says that the animals return to the Earth. And the important thing is that this baby lived a lot longer than he would have. It was loved, and it was also taken care of.”

For more on the Alaskan Bush People star’s baby bird journey, check out our original coverage here.