What a hoot! Tiny owl rescued from giant Christmas tree

Alonzo Simpson
November 19, 2020

This is a real hoot - a baby owl found nestled in the freshly cut Rockefeller Center Christmas tree should be soaring free in no time.

Rockefeller is an adult male Saw-whet owl, one of the tiniest owls, Kalish said.

In this photo provided by the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ravensbeard Director and founder Ellen Kalish holds a Saw-whet owl at the center in Saugerties, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

This year's Rockefeller Christmas tree, which comes from Central New York, is reminding many people of Charlie Brown.

Workers decorating the tree apparently discovered the little creature on Monday, Nov. 16, according to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, NY, which is now taking care of the furry bird.

Saw-whet owl found in Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
Baby Owl Found in Rockefeller Christmas Tree Doing Well

Rockefeller was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, where a team of wildlife rehabilitators is giving the owl fluids and "all the mice he will eat".

She said the plan was to release the owl back into the wild this weekend.

The 75-foot Norway spruce, in which Rockefeller was hiding, was brought to Manhattan on Saturday from Oneonta, New York, the report said.

"It had been three days since he ate or drank anything", the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center wrote.

The center added that the owl is doing good so far: "His eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he's been through". The tree is put in place and then decorated over some weeks before being lit for the public in early December.

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