Tiny owl rescued from 30 Rock Christmas tree at New York City's Rockefeller Center

Posted at 6:56 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 19:05:14-05

A sweet surprise found in the nation's most famous Christmas tree.

This tiny owl was rescued from the 30 Rock tree as it was being secured at Rockefeller center.

Experts at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center say it's a Northern saw-whet owl, the smallest in the northeast part of the country.

It's unusual to find a baby owl this time of year, since they're born in the spring and summer, according to the center, so they knew this was not a baby.

The owl, they're calling Rockefeller, is being cared for at the center.

"Rockefeller" was discovered by one of the men who works for the company that transports and places the 30 Rock tree.

He brought the owl home and his wife called Ravensbeard, knowing the tiny raptor needed expert care.

Rockefeller has an appointment with the vet to make sure there are no fractures or more serious conditions.

Folks at Ravensbeard say this is a first for them, but they were happy to get the owl and so far, it's doing just fine.