This week there was a big sign that Christmas is on the way, when the big tree was put up in Rockefeller Center in New York. Now, the 75ft (23m) tree did get a fair bit of attention around the world because it wasn’t what people expect to see for this particular symbol of celebration. It received a lot of mockery online for its “sparse” appearance, with many calling it a reflection of the difficult year.
But that tree looked good to someone. A tiny little saw-whet owl, who had been using it as a home. That poor little critter found itself wrapped up and transported nearly 300 kilometres along with the tree. But then it was discovered and is now being cared for in what after an adventure that seems like a story come right out of a movie. At least according to Ravensbeard Wildlife Center director Ellen Kalish, who is caring for the owl.
The saw-whet owl is the smallest owl species in the U.S. North-East only growing to about 21 centimetres. So they are TINY! And this one has been dubbed Rockefeller by his rescuers and once he was in their care, Ms Kalish and her team began giving him fluids and “all the mice he will eat”.
Rockefeller had not had anything to eat or drink during his three-day road trip. “It’s amazing he didn’t get crushed,” Ms Kalish said.
But Ms Kalish said he appears to be in great condition considering his adventurous week. They are also doing a full check up, x-rays, and everything to ensure he is in tip top shape, after which he will be transported back where he belongs and released into the wild. “So far, he’s pensive and cautious. Very alert, bright-eyed,” she said. “And the cuteness factor is just off the charts.”
So while the Rockefeller tree might have started its public showing with a bit of an embarrassing appearance some are hoping that this story of a scrappy owl surviving a rough journey might prove a more positive message and symbol for this year. Overcoming unexpected adversity in your own home and making it out the other side? That sounds like a good message for 2020 and it’s your Good News Story of the Day. You can find it in full here.
But also keep in mind that disrupting habitat is a risk you take when you go for a real christmas tree and it is recommended that you both avoid trees in nature and also thoroughly check the tree before you cut it down to make sure nobody is living in it. And if some critter is living in it, please just let it be. They might have much needed supplies for winter store in and around there.
Story and Image from BBC News.