Owl found hitching ride in Rockefeller Christmas tree, rescued by kind-hearted trucker

The trucker hauling this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree made an unexpected discovery tucked away in the branches of his load earlier this week. 

The unnamed truck driver was hauling the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce from Oneonta, New York to Midtown Manhattan in NYC when he noticed something surprising – a small owl was hiding amongst the branches. The truck driver then sprung into action and captured the little bird, allowing him to put the owl in a warm box for the ride home.

In response, the trucker’s wife called Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties in Ulster County and the organization agreed to take the creature in. 

The Saw-whet owl, appropriately named “Rockefeller,” had apparently hitched a ride for three full days, leaving him a bit malnourished, but the rescue organization says he’s doing well and is on his way to a full recovery. 

“We’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. 

As soon as he is healed, Rockefeller will be released back into the wild – and with quite a story to tell!

A Secret in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Ravensbeard is excited to share a rare Holiday story with you. …

Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Tuesday, November 17, 2020