A tiny owl was rescued from the 75-foot Norway spruce cut down in upstate New York and shipped to the city to be the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
According to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, a saw-whet owl, the smallest owl in the northeast was discovered by the worker who helped to transport the tree on its 170 mile trip to the city. The man’s wife called the wildlife rehabilitation center.
“Yesterday morning, I received a phone call from someone who asked if we take in owls for rehabilitation. I replied, ‘yes we do,’ there was silence for a moment and she said ‘OK, I’ll call back when my husband comes home, he’s got the baby owl in a box tucked in for the long ride.'”
The wildlife center met the couple in the middle of their trip, and there she/he was staring up at the rescuer from a cardboard box.
“Back at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, we’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through. Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey.
Our hearts go out to all those “behind the scenes” workers. Great job and thanks for saving “Rockefeller”!
Once Rockefeller completes his recovery, he will be released from the grounds of the rescue, since it would be too stressful to transport him back to Oneonata.
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