Tiny Owl Found in a Christmas Tree That Traveled 170 Miles to New York City

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center recently shared a story on their social media that shows Christmas miracles are alive and well. It involves a tiny owl that somehow managed to find its way to New York City while hitching a ride inside a Christmas tree.

We have exciting new to share! Rockefeller has been well cared for, and she has been cleared by specialists for take off…

Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

According to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center’s heartwarming post on Facebook, an employee of a transport company that was delivering a Christmas tree for NY’s Rockefeller Center discovered a small owl nested in the branches during a 170 miles long drive from Oneonta to New York City. His wife called the center and they quickly acted to take care of the bird.

The owl, fittingly named Rockefeller, was visibly exhausted from the long trip, but the staff managed to help it recover its strength, giving it fluids and feeding it with “all the mice” the bird can eat.

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Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Rockefeller spent the next following days at the Center, undergoing necessary tests and getting ready for her release to the wild. Yes, the adorable owl turned out to be a female.

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Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Friday, November 20, 2020

The staff concluded that taking Rocky back to Oneonta would be too much stress, so they decided to find her a new home on facility grounds in Saugerties. The tiny owl was successfully released last week and is now probably taking a nap on a branch.

“Rocky’s release was a success!,” the Center wrote on Facebook. “She is a tough little bird and we’re happy to see her back in her natural habitat.”

Check out the moment of the release in the video below.