A tiny owl has enjoyed a lucky escape after he was discovered by a worker helping to prepare the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York.
The owl, now named Rockefeller, was discovered on Monday dehydrated and hungry but otherwise unharmed, said Ellen Kalish, director and founder of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center where the bird was taken.
Kalish said the bird is an adult male Saw-whet owl, one of the tiniest of the species. It was taken to a vet on Wednesday and got a clean bill of health.
They found a small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, he hitched a ride all the way to NYC and i… https://t.co/cFLLo3QcLF— Allison Esposito Medina (@Allison Esposito Medina) 1605725148.0
Look what was found inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree from Oneonta! 👀🦉🎄😮 This TINY owl is actually an a… https://t.co/KtvIy0M26h— Peter Hall (@Peter Hall) 1605784541.0
“He's had a buffet of all-you-can-eat mice, so he's ready to go," she said.
She said the plan was to release the owl back into the wild this weekend.
Here's another pic of Rockefeller that didn't make it into the story courtesy of Ellen Kalish. He looks tiny but he… https://t.co/2k6zIER1n9— Andrea Salcedo (@Andrea Salcedo) 1605786609.0
The tree, a 75ft Norway spruce, had been brought to Manhattan on Saturday from Oneonta, New York.
Let the holiday season begin! The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has officially arrived at the Plaza. 🎄 https://t.co/RapXlMt1Fb— Rockefeller Center (@Rockefeller Center) 1605374947.0
The tree is put in place and then decorated over some weeks before being lit for the public in early December 2nd.
We can all agree he is the cutie we needed to improve 2020 Christmas.
@Volume_Knob @techladyallison Get on it! 2020 needs a hopeful, heartfelt story... even if it's a children's story a… https://t.co/xl0tMserk3— Theresa Navarrete (@Theresa Navarrete) 1605726362.0
@techladyallison Who? /enddadjoke— Henry Beaudin III (@Henry Beaudin III) 1605725317.0
@techladyallison @AnikaChapin Thank you for a little heartwarming, smile-worthy news! Made my day 🥳— BRDavis (@BRDavis) 1605726045.0
@techladyallison I need a copy of this angry little guy as an ornament on my tree, and the first charitable organiz… https://t.co/uX876LsY3L— Rob Russell (@Rob Russell) 1605727083.0
Many want this story to turn into a children's book, and we gotta say we agree.
@techladyallison I'm gonna need someone to turn this into a heartwarming children's book IMMEDIATELY. The little ow… https://t.co/B01VZRot6q— Kelly Glista-Anderson (@Kelly Glista-Anderson) 1605725640.0
@kmglista @techladyallison There’s a really cute children’s book about cardinals and the Rockefeller tree, “Red & Lulu” by Matt Tavares.— Erin Gobel (@Erin Gobel) 1605725987.0
@techladyallison Tell me that's not a children's book published before next Christmas.— Bill Dedman, investigative reporter and author (@Bill Dedman, investigative reporter and author) 1605726157.0
Thank you for making our spirits just a little bit brighter this year, little Rockefeller.