When a worker helping to set up Rockefeller Center's 2020 Christmas tree discovered a tiny bird in the giant branches, he called his wife. "The owl's not flying away," he said. "We need to get some help." His wife called Ravensbeard Wildlife Center to ask if they took owls for rehabilitation. They did, and when a staff member met the husband and peeked into the box, it wasn't a baby bird. It was a tiny male saw-whet owl, which grows to be only 8.3 inches tall.
After riding 170 miles from Oneonta, New York, to Manhattan in a trailer, it needed some TLC, so rescuers fed it and provided water. Ravensbeard director Ellen Kalish said the owl was seen by a vet and given X-rays, and is fit and healthy. "It's just a story out of a move," she added." As for the owl's name? Of course it's Rockefeller.
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