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The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Surprise: A Little Owl

The famous Rockefeller Christmas tree gained attention in New York this week not only because of its look, more washed out than in previous years, but because of the surprise it brought hidden among its branches: a little owl who is now being picked up from a bird center in the area after spending two days traveling by truck.

“ Rockefeller, ” as the little 12-centimeter bird was christened, traveled over 270 kilometers (170 miles) hidden in a towering Norwegian fir tree that was felled in the town of Oneonta and transferred by road to the Big Apple, where he was discovered by one of the professionals in charge of the tree, according to the NBC channel.

When he arrived at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, ‘Rockefeller’ was in good condition “despite everything that had happened” but had not eaten or drunk for about three days, so he was treated with fluids and ” all the mice he could eat “before resting for a vet’s assessment, according to the center reported on its website.

Ravensbeard Founder and Director Ellen Kalish posted photos of the owl to Facebook as it arrived at the center, in a cardboard box, then comfortably wrapped in a blanket, shared by 10,500 people and raised nearly USD 7,000.

According to the expert, ‘Rockefeller’ is an adult owl of the Saw-whet species, which “seeks a new mate every year and resists finding new, safe places”, so it is highly likely that he will be released near of the Center. , where there are “acres of trees to choose from” instead of going through another “traumatic” journey back to Oneonta.

Kalish posted a new photo Thursday to update the animal’s status: “Little Rockefeller is doing great! His x-rays showed no issues. He will be staying with us a few more days while we monitor his health and bring back to an appropriate weight. Then all that remains is to wait until the weather is fine for the day of his release. “

According to the New York Post newspaper, representatives from Rockefeller Center noted that each year they inspect each branch of the large tree individually before wrapping and moving it, but there are often birds that “end up making the trip.” At New York.

So far, ‘Rockefeller’ is causing more of a stir than the 22-meter tree itself, which has garnered dozens of derisive comments on social media for its ragged foliage, with jokes that it has “fallen apart. cut the hair “and that perfectly represents an abrupt 2020 marked by the pandemic and the elections.

“Wow everyone must look great after a two day trip, right? Wait until they turn on the lights for me. See you on December 2!” Responded on behalf of Rockefeller Center representatives on Instagram.

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