A stowaway owl made its way to New York City via the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree! 170 miles from his home in upstate New York, the owl was rescued from the tree and is recovering at a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
On Tuesday, the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center shared on Facebook the tale of the tiny bird, who was discovered in the branches of the 75-foot Norway spruce by a Rockefeller Center crew member.
“We’ve been in existence for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Helen Kalish, director and founder of the wildlife center, told WNBC, an NBC affiliate. “The wife of the person that found the owl was calling around to try and get help for this little guy. He saw these little eyes looking at him and reached in and grabbed it.
“He didn’t fly away so he wasn’t sure if it was injured.”He seems to be doing very well, eating and drinking,” Kalish added of the owl’s condition. “I have an appointment with the vet later on today so we’re hoping that he gets a clean bill of health and he can go right back out there.”
“They’re very resilient. The fact that he wasn’t crunched was a miracle. The fact that he made the trip alive… waking up in New York City with hundreds of people around? They’re very quiet and shy little creatures and are extremely nocturnal and very rarely seen. So it’s totally understandable that he wasn’t seen when they were transporting the tree.”
(Photo courtesy of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center)