Alaskan Bush People’s Bird Brown breaks down in tears as she reunites with horse for first time after fire & dad’s death

Alaskan Bush People’s Bird Brown breaks down in tears as she reunites with horse for first time after fire & dad’s death

BIRD Brown broke down in tears as she reunited with her beloved horse North after a fire ripped through the family's Washington property.

In a preview of Alaskan Bush People, Bird got emotional as she hugged her horse.

The moment came as the family are trying to come to terms with the loss of patriarch Billy Brown.

Bird said in the clip: "For a minute when he was hugging me it felt like Da' was hugging me. Because he meant so much to Da."

The video was shared on the ABP Twitter page, with the note: "The Browns work hard to bring the horses back to the mountain."

Bird was tearful as her horse nuzzled into her, months after she feared her animals were lost in the raging Palmer Fire which destroyed the family's $1.6 million home in August 2020.

In a dramatic October episode, Bird struggled to evacuate her animals as the flames closed in.


Bird sobbed as she thought about “letting the animals down,” but she and sister Rain were given a 30-minute window, along with their camera crew, to go back to their ranch to try to get their horses.

"We can’t leave any of them behind,” Bird called out, but the ABP crew told her it was “too hot” and they had to go.

While heading back down the mountain, away from the fire and smoke, Bird cried as she revealed they were only able to save a few of their cats and horses and were unable to get their most beloved horse, North.

She explained: “The rest of the horses didn’t want to come. They were just so scared, and they didn’t want to listen. 

“But they’re loose, so they should avoid the fire, but we have to go back down. The flames are, like, circling us. 

“The winds are picking up, too. You can see the embers flying around. The forest service and the fire watch gave us a really small window to be able to get up and get what we could.”


Last month fans of ABP got to see the family dealing with the loss of Billy Brown after he died suddenly of a seizure.

In an emotional episode Snowbird, 26, teared up about the moment she realized the family were going to lose Billy.

Snowbird recalled being told by emergency services that they couldn't put Billy in the helicopter because his heart was too weak.

She teared up as she remembered the family were told to say their goodbyes when Billy was still alive.

"The helicopter came and they assessed it and he was too bad to take him in the helicopter.

"They couldn’t continue CPR on him or take him anywhere because his heart wouldn’t beat on its own.

"So they told us while he was still alive that we should say our goodbyes."

Later on Snowbird confided: "I know dad would want for us not to be sad, and to go on. But honestly going forward seems impossible because every day seems like a nightmare that I cant wake up from. Or hell."


Billy tragically died at the age of 68 after suffering a seizure in the family’s Washington home in February. 

In a series of 911 calls exclusively obtained by The Sun, Alaskan Bush People crew members desperately contacted police. 

In one call, a female crew member told the 911 operator: “Hi, I have someone not breathing. I need an ambulance like, as soon as possible.”

The crew member then provided the Brown family’s home address. 

The woman then said: “I work for them. Mr. Billy Brown is from the Alaskan Bush People, the show, we’re part of the production team. His son just called me. Bear Brown.”

When the operator asked why Bear didn’t call authorities, he said: “He tried calling 911 but he’s saying it’s not going through.

“I could hear them in the background telling him, ‘Wake up!’ Wake up!’”

She then asked: “Can you send someone there as soon as possible?” 


TLC released in a statement to The Sun: “We are devastated to hear of Billy Brown’s sudden passing.  

"He has been part of the Discovery family for years – a trailblazer, a lovely man and most definitely one of a kind. Our heart is with his family and those that knew him and loved him as they deal with this devastating loss.”

Billy had been in and out of the hospital in recent years and was previously told by medical professionals that the high altitude wasn't good for him.

The father of seven decided to defy doctor's orders and continue to live in the mountains with his family.

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