Tiny owl rescued from New York Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

Publishedduration32 minutes agoimage copyrightRavensbeard Wildlife Center

It's been a big few days for a tiny bird.

A saw-whet owl is recovering at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in New York state after it was found clinging to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The small bird was discovered by workers helping to transport the 75ft (23m) tree from Oneonta, New York, to New York City – 170 miles away.

"It's just a story out of a movie," said Ravensbeard director Ellen Kalish, who is now caring for the owl.

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After the owl – now named Rockefeller – was dropped off with Ms Kalish and taken to the wildlife centre, 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.

Rockefeller was taken to the vet on Wednesday night for a check-up and some x-rays, but Ms Kalish said he appears to be in great condition considering his adventurous week.

"So far, he's pensive and cautious. Very alert, bright-eyed," she said. "And the cuteness factor is just off the charts."

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