A tiny Northern saw-whet owl, the smallest species of owl in the northeastern United States, is in animal rehab after being discovered hiding in the Christmas tree that was installed Saturday in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
The owl, which has since been named “Rockefeller,” was found inside the 75-foot Norway spruce tree after it had been cut down and hauled more than 170 miles from Oneonta, New York, to Midtown Manhattan.
They found a small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, he hitched a ride all the way to NYC and is now being treated and cared for at a wildlife rehab facility. pic.twitter.com/f4PkBm6MGo
— Allison Esposito Medina (@techladyallison) November 18, 2020
The Northern saw-whet owl, which often nests in tall conifers, averages only about 6.7-8.7 inches long and weighs on average approximately 2.8 ounces, making them easy prey for larger birds.
After Rockefeller had been rescued, the owl was taken to Ravensbeard