Rockefeller, the tiny trapped owl found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, has been set free. The brown and white speckled Sawwhet owl that traveled from Oneonta to Manhattan in the tied up 75-foot Norway spruce was released on Tuesday night.
“We have exciting news to share! Rockefeller has been well cared for, and she has been cleared by specialists for take off (yes, we determined Rocky is a girl!) Rocky will continue on her migratory journey south today at dusk. The release will happen at sunset so that she can find safe cover by nightfall. We have found just the right quiet cluster of conifers to give her the safety she needs. We can’t wait to share the footage with everyone, so we can all celebrate Rocky’s return to nature together.”
The Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties has been caring for the adorable little girl owl who has stolen our hearts. She was released at dusk from an open space with plenty of pine trees around for Rockefeller to find safety and warmth.
The video released by the rescue organization showed Rockefeller being freed and flying over to a nearby tree for a moment; perhaps to regain her owl bearings. Within moments she took off.
“Rocky’s release was a success! She is a tough little bird and we’re happy to see her back in her natural habitat. We are sure that Rocky will feel your love and support through her journey south. #RockefellerOwl
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Sadly, wildlife experts stated Rockefeller endured a torturous trip in the Christmas tree and was lucky to have survived.
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