‘CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF 2020’: Tiny stowaway owl stuck in Rockefeller Center tree saved
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When the spruce was still horizontal early in the process, one of the workers who was unravelling the branches spotted the creature buried in the base of the tree, Kalisha said. The woman who called Kalisha, who said her husband also works for the company in charge of this task, told her the man initially thought the owl might be injured because it was glued to the tree’s base.
That’s when one of the workers called his wife to tell her he was bringing the owl home, and asking her if she could find a place that specialized in helping wildlife animals.
The raptor, which most likely accompanied the tree in its 273-km journey to Manhattan, is the smallest of its kind living in the Northeast. So, how did he end up stuck in the tree in the first place?
Kalish, 64, offered a few theories. He could have flocked to the tree to hide in a tree cavity because he was injured and got trapped later, she said. Or maybe once the tree was loaded onto a truck, the branches squished him into the trunk, or he was just too traumatized to move.
“There is no proof,” Kalish said. “He could have flown in from Central Park, but I don’t believe that’s true. That would be the last place he would want to go in the middle of chaos and construction. Why would he pick that tree if he had a choice not to? He’s smart and he wouldn’t do that.”
After Kalish got the full story on the owl, she met the woman at a gas station between Saugerties and New Paltz, N.Y. Around 5 p.m. on Monday, the woman handed her a cardboard box with the owl inside. Kalish was surprised by what she found.