Every year, Rockefeller Center begins the Christmas season by putting up their iconic Christmas tree in the middle of the plaza. As they were hoisting up this year’s tree, they found a tiny owl that decided to hitch a ride.
The small owl has been going viral on social media after it made an accidental trip to the Big Apple. The people putting up the tree called the Ravensbeared Wildlife Center when they discovered the bird on Monday morning.
Making the unexpected trip, the owl hadn’t eaten in three days, so as it was handed off to the wildlife officials, they gave him plenty of fluids and mice to eat to gain his strength back. “So far, so good. His eyes are bright and seem relatively in good condition with all he’s been through,” Ravensbeared Wildlife Center wrote in a statement, “Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey.”
Because he was found at Rockefeller Center, the people who found him thought it was only right if they gave him the name Rockefeller. According to officials, he’s not a baby. He’s a full-grown male Saw-whet owl.
The story of the owl enlightened many and the Rockefeller tree is one thing plenty of people look forward to.
Rob Speyer, president and chief executive officer of Tishman Speyer, which owns the Rockefeller Center complex, told TODAY.com, “This year, we just feel the tree is vital. “The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree always represents the holiday season, but it has also stood tall as a symbol of hope, resilience, and New York’s enduring spirit, from the Great Depression to 9/11, Superstorm Sandy through today. 2020 has been a difficult year, but New Yorkers have persevered, and we are determined to come back better and stronger. We are particularly proud to continue the joyous tradition this year.”
The tree will be lit on December 7 but no in-person onlookers will be permitted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.