Owl Rescued from Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The owl is healthy and ready to be released.

rescued owl in box
A worker put the tiny owl in a box.


One minute you’re minding your own business, just hanging out in your home, and the next, you and your house are taking an unexpected three-hour ride to the big city.

A tiny owl was discovered earlier this week by workers transporting this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree from Oneonta in upstate New York all the way down to Manhattan. The bird was apparently tucked inside the branches of the 75-foot Norway spruce.


Kalish met the couple and checked out her newest rehab patient. She snuck a peek inside the box and saw the huge-eyed, little face looking up at her. She recognized that it was asaw-whet owl, one of the smallest owls in North America.

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A worker found the owl in the tree's branches. Ravensbeard野生动物中心

卡利什称为猫头鹰“洛克菲勒”和back to the center. Because the owl hadn’t anything to eat or drink for three days, they gave him fluid and all the frozen mice he could eat.

It’s a bittersweet story, say commenters on the center’s Facebook page, who have shared theowl’s tale over 10,000 times. Thankfully, the bird was saved, but it’s unfortunate that the owl lost its home and had to make such a stressful journey.

Many people took the workers to task for not checking the tree thoroughly while others said it would be easy to overlook such a small critter.

“This owl was probably hunkered down for the day against the trunk, not in a nest,” wrote one commenter on Facebook. “They are highly camouflaged and difficult to see at any time so it's not surprising that nobody saw a less-than one pound bird in an extremely massive tree.”

Several people questioned if the owl needed to be returned to familiar territory in Oneonta, but Kalish posted that it would be safer for the bird to be released near the center once it is healthy.

“Saw-Whit Owls每年都找到一个新的伴侣,并且在寻找安全的地方是有弹性的。这猫头鹰是一个完整的成年人,非常能够找到新的领土。当他在乌鸦队野生动物中心安全地释放时,又将在这里安全地发布,我们相信又是更具创伤的才能让他在这里有亩。“


owl wrapped in scarf
猫头鹰是健康的,准备被释放。 Ravensbeard野生动物中心

The owl was taken to the vet on Wednesday and got a clean bill of health, Adrienne Kubicz, a spokesperson for the center, tells Treehugger. X-rays showed no broken bones from the long trip to the city or while the 11-ton tree was being hoisted into position.

The owl’s release is being planned for this weekend, she says.

Many people have donated on the center'sFacebook page帮助支付猫头鹰的费用。由于锯头猫头鹰的人口正在减少,而本集团也表明鸟类爱好者帮助为他们建造家园。

"Saw-whet owl numbers are dropping though, so if you have an interest there is plentiful information on bird society websites showing how to construct owl boxes to help give these precious creatures a safe home."

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