Rockefeller, the tiny trapped owl found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, has been set free. The brown and white speckled Saw-whet owl that traveled from Oneonta to Manhattan in the tied up 75-foot Norway spruce was released last week, but her story continues.
A photo of the tiny owl will be featured on a new Airbus A32oneo aircraft tail Frontier Airlines announced on Tuesday.
“The A320neo aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2021. All Frontier Airlines planes feature animals on their tails, many of which represent endangered species. From Chinook, the Gray Wolf and Wellington the Black-Footed Ferret to Cortez the Green Turtle and the iconic Grizwald the Bear, Frontier’s animal tails are popular with kids and adults, alike.”
“We’re always looking for new ideas for our plane tails and when we heard the story of Rocky, we thought it entirely befitting that this intrepid little owl be honored on one of our tails,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of marketing, Frontier Airlines. “Rocky will be remembered for years to come with her very special story enjoyed by thousands of travelers who fly on ‘Rocky the Owl.’”
According to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, the 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.
Named Rockefeller by her rescuers, she wasn’t injured, but had not eaten for at least three days when she was discovered. She was nursed back to health for a week with plenty of mice to eat and cleared for release where she was expected to continue her migratory path to the south.
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