Remember the Xylophone Show-and-Tell? At that same community yard sale (I was looking for jeans and failed miserably, if you remember), Ivie found a Big Bird stuffed animal. It just so happened that Big Bird's first home was with Jenna and Adam Maloy, whose mom, Susan, is a co-worker of mine in compliance at UNC.
"Bird" (as Ivie calls him) used to talk, as evidenced by the battery mechanism in his belly. But he's showing his age now (Jenna is in kindergarten!), and has gone mute. But that hasn't kept Ivie from granting him an exclusive perch in her room - he gets to sit happily on the shelving unit in the headboard of Ivie's bed.