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Tiny owl found hiding inside NYC's famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

A tiny owl was discovered stowed away in the branches of New York City’s famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The Saw-whet owl, since named Rockefeller, was discovered in the 75 foot Norway spruce as it was being transported from Oneota in Upstate New York to Manhattan earlier this week.

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, received a call from the wife of a crew member tasked with transporting the tree. That woman asked if the center accepted owls for rehabilitation, with bemused rescue staff agreeing to do so.

They have since posted a photo of Rockefeller on Facebook, explaining that his species of owl is one of the smallest found in the north eastern United States. Rockefeller is currently being cared for by center staff, who have given him fluids and mice to eat.

A spokesman said: ‘So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through. Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey.’


The Rockefeller Christmas tree arrived at the Rockefeller Center complex on Saturday, and was hoisted into place.

Onlookers were quick to remark on its bedraggled appearance, but the tree’s official Twitter account explained that it would look suitably festive once it had been fluffed out and festooned with lights.

The tree’s official lighting ceremony will take place on December 2, although it is still unclear how organizers will managed the normally crowded event in the age of Covid.

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