Owl found inside Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in good condition
An owl that was stuck inside the furled Rockefeller Center
Christmas tree for three days appears to be OK, according to the Ravensbeard
Wildlife Center in Saugerties.
The truck driver, who drove the 75-foot Norway spruce from
Oneonta to New York City, found the saw-whet owl stuck inside the Christmas
tree upon his arrival.
The owl was then taken to the wildlife center to be checked
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” says Ellen Kalish,
the director of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center. “He probably was trapped in
when they tied it up and started to transport it. But the fact that he's in
such great shape is wonderful."
Rockefeller, the bird’s new name, will be released back
into the wild once he is fully recovered. There are about 2 million saw-whet
owls in the wild in the United States.