SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) - A tiny owl that was found dehydrated and hungry in the branches of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is eating its way back to good health and set to be released back into the wild Saturday.
The adult male Saw-whet owl was dubbed Rockefeller after it was discovered Monday by a worker setting up the holiday tree in Manhattan.
While he’s a little bummed his big city vacation is over, we're happy to report Rockefeller the Owl has been given a clean bill of health thanks to the efforts of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center and our staff! pic.twitter.com/rN4uG0Iq5X
— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 19, 2020
The Norway spruce was cut down 170 miles north in Oneonta, and brought to Manhattan on Saturday.
The bird was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties. It is dining on mice in preparation for a return to the wild, tentatively before dusk Saturday.