PHOTOS: That's a hoot! Stowaway owl hitches ride inside Rockefeller Christmas tree

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's a Christmas miracle -- albeit more than a month early.

A man who works for the company that transported this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from Oneonta in Upstate New York to Midtown Manhattan got quite a surprise earlier this week: he found a small owl tucked away inside the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce.

"Rockefeller" was found inside the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
"Rockefeller" was found inside the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Photo credit Ravensbeard Wildlife Center

The man's wife called Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties in Ulster County, and brought the Saw-whet owl -- who has since been named "Rockefeller," obviously -- to the wildlife sanctuary.

"Rockefeller" was found inside the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
"Rockefeller" was found inside the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Photo credit Ravensbeard Wildlife Center

The facility gave an update on Rockefeller's health on its Facebook page Wednesday, writing, "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 Facebook post continues, "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."

"Our hearts go out to all those 'behind the scenes' workers," the post concludes. "Great job and thanks for saving "Rockefeller"!

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