Sesame Street is the kind of experience that all kids share. And honestly, that's not an understatement: the show has a worldwide reach, and several different iterations of it exist depending on which countries are airing the show.
As such, the different iterations have different versions of the characters. Big Bird recently started a Twitter thread introducing us all to them.
I heard my friends on Twitter were asking about my cousins around the world! It’s true, I have a lot of bird cousin… https://t.co/7wrvOQ1AU9— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558629.0
This is Abelardo, he’s from Mexico. We reunited in California last summer during my road trip! https://t.co/FSg4sfPL3T— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558630.0
This is Pino, he lives in The Netherlands. He’s a few years younger than me, but we’re the same height! https://t.co/LCHAMvhVHC— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558631.0
Meet cousin Minik Kuş! He’s from Turkey, but he's no turkey himself! He's a canary bird just like me. https://t.co/HcS94Um6E3— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558631.0
This is Poupas from Portugal. I haven’t seen him in a long time. If anyone sees him let him know Big Bird says hi! https://t.co/oRAQDSxzPP— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558632.0
And then we met Garibaldo.
Garibaldo has been a sporadic cast member of this family of clucking cousins, as Vila Sésamo , Brazil's counterpart of Sesame Street was only on for five years in the mid-'70s. He made a comeback in 2007 when the show did.
The picture we got of him was....unflattering at best.
This is Garibaldo from Brazil! He may look scary, but he’s one of the nicest birds I know! https://t.co/fEO4xoLExF— Big Bird (@Big Bird)1612558634.0
Even Big Bird acknowledged that Garibaldo looked a little scary in this photo.
@BigBird Here's a family pic too https://t.co/xsdCuRrSrq— Drezus (@Drezus)1612565315.0
Garibaldo has seen some things, he looks like he’s gonna tell me that i’ll float too😭 https://t.co/LPtH9ZsYea— ⩔ a l e x ✪ (@⩔ a l e x ✪)1612586335.0
@BigBird Big Bird: "I have a cousin!" The cousin: https://t.co/evlutNwNFp— Cassidy🌙 (@Cassidy🌙)1612573821.0
@BigBird No! Bad Garibaldo. Put down Cristo Redento this instant! https://t.co/hVkBu9Th9A— ᅟᅟ. (@ᅟᅟ.)1612564087.0
@BigBird Big Bird, I'm sorry, but Garibaldo looks like he sells orphans.— Theodore Kaczynski 6'3'' IQ 188 (@Theodore Kaczynski 6'3'' IQ 188)1612561644.0
Big Bird isn't the only muppet who has international cousins. Elmo has a Mexican cousin named Cousin Pepe and a Japanese cousin named Elmonosuke.
Garibaldo, the Brazilian version of Big Bird, is utterly terrifying https://t.co/dJhffAXIXY— Madden Tullis (@Madden Tullis)1612800292.0
Thinking about him (Garibaldo, Brazilian Big Bird) https://t.co/ggqxzx2jYi— Amanda Reed (@Amanda Reed)1612625139.0
garibaldo has been to the depths of hell https://t.co/4WHZDT5E3a— heather chandler (@heather chandler)1612643411.0
Neurologists have studied the brains of serial killers and determined they were all somehow born knowing Garibaldo'… https://t.co/owvZ1kXbkf— Zack Budryk (@Zack Budryk)1612584523.0
International Sesame Street characters are all very interesting, though none are quite as visually unsettling as Garibaldo.
@BigBird All the family together 🥰 https://t.co/0CHO2pFjSx— Rafa Araujo (@Rafa Araujo)1612584699.0
Have fun trying to sleep tonight with that face in your head...