Baby Owl Found in Rockefeller Christmas Tree Doing Well

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree owl

A tiny owl has enjoyed a lucky escape after he was discovered by a worker helping to prepare the giant Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree in NY.

An owl that was stuck inside the furled Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for three days appears to be OK, according to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties.

NEW YORK (AP) - It wasn't quite a partridge in a pear tree, but a worker helping set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree found a holiday surprise - a tiny owl among the massive branches.

Rockefeller was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, where a team of wildlife rehabilitators is giving the owl fluids and "all the mice he will eat".

It seems the owl's a bit of a Christmas miracle too, because Ravensbeard says it's a saw-whet owl - the smallest species in the northeast - and babies are typically born in the spring, not November.

The tree, a 75ft Norway spruce, had been brought to Manhattan on Saturday from Oneonta, New York, in the central part of the state. The wildlife center, which aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release local wildlife back into their natural habitats, said Rockefeller will be released back into the wild once given a clean bill of health by a veterinarian.

The tree will be decorated and make its debut on December 1.

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