Former Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown has been raising a couple of orphaned baby birds he found on his property. Through innovative feedings and intensive regimens, Brown has shared his journey with Instagram followers as the babies grew stronger and even began taking flight in his home. However, with a heavy heart, Brown gave followers the sad news that both baby birds passed away two days ago.
As he walked across his property, processing his feelings, the Alaskan Bush People star, red-faced and sun-burnt, told his viewers that he drafted the video several times. With how supportive his Instagram followers were of his impromptu songbird parenting, Brown didn’t want to upset anyone with the news.
“It’s very touching that y’all guys have been a part of the journey with the baby birds and their growth and their life,” Brown said in his video. “And I’ve heard from so many people that they’ve really loved watching them grow up. But it makes it really hard to be able to tell you this because I want to make you feel better and be okay.”
After returning from the store, Brown said that the birds were “both very sleepy.” According to the Alaskan Bush People family member, he could tell something was wrong.
“I didn’t know what to do. They had good food, clean water. It wasn’t hot. It wasn’t cold, and there wasn’t anything I could do,” Brown reported.
When Brown realized what was happening, he held and sang to the birds until they “went to sleep” and ultimately passed away.
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Shares How He Processes Emotion While Battling Addiction
The Alaskan Bush People’s oldest sibling then explained to viewers why he delayed posting the video about the baby birds.
“I didn’t want to tell you while I was all emotional and crying and not able to talk about it,” Brown said. “And as an alcoholic and an addict, it’s very important for me when I feel strong emotions to be able to be okay with it.”
Previously, after leaving Alaskan Bush People, Brown attended the Betty Ford Center for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Now a part of a recovery program, Brown often speaks to followers about the lessons he learned during rehabilitation and how he still utilizes them today.
So, with his recovery tactics in mind, Brown found a positive takeaway from the experience.
“We gave them love and happiness,” Brown said, including his Instagram followers in the journey. “They knew what it was like to be warm, to be fed, to be sung to, to be loved… They experienced a very good and loving, happy life. And that’s what I’d like to celebrate today.”
Brown informed his viewers that he gave the baby birds a proper burial beside their other siblings that did not survive.