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The Tiny Owl Who Came To Visit The Big Apple Is “A Christmas Miracle”

A tiny Northern saw-whet owl was discovered huddled inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree that had been transported to Manhattan

Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus), is the smallest owl species in the United States. … [+] (Credit: Kameron Perensovich / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kameron Perensovich via a Creative Commons license

Imagine your surprise if you are awakened in the middle of the night, when you and your entire bedroom are bundled up tightly and transported from a backyard in a small rural town to New York City.

This is exactly what happened to a Northern saw-whet owl who was trapped for three days in a 75 foot (23 meter), 11-ton Norway spruce tree that now stands in Rockefeller Center. The tree, which was felled on Thursday in Oneonta, New York, was transported to Manhattan, a distance of 170 miles (274 km).

According to a statement on facebook, officials at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center received a phone call on Monday morning from a woman about a ‘baby owl’ that was discovered in a tree. The woman’s husband, who works for the company that transported and secured the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, discovered the owl.

Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) shortly after it was discovered in the Norway spruce tree … [+] destined for Rockefeller Center. (Image courtesy of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center.)

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center

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