A small owl found atop the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was bitten upstream in New York, then brought to New York City, which is recovering from a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the Ravensbird Wildlife Center said 75 feet of Norway’s spruce were cut Thursday about 80 miles southwest of Albany and about 170 miles northwest of its last stop in New York City. The bird was later rescued.
A worker helped with the transportation and called the owl and his wife the center to secure the tree.
According to the post, the woman stated, “The child has found an owl in a box for a long ride.”
In fact, the owl was not a child – it was an adult male sawdust, the smallest variety of owl in the Northeast, the center said. They did not eat or drink anything in days, but started recovering after getting fluids and food.
The center said the return trip to Oneata would be very painful for the bird, so it planned to release it on a convenience basis in the city above Saugerties.
In honor of where the small owl was found, Kendra called him “Rockefeller”.
The Associated Press has contributed.