NEW YORK STATE – The famous little owl that hitched a ride on the Rockefeller Christmas Tree is back home in the wild.
The truck driver hauling the 75-foot spruce for New York’s famous holiday display discovered the saw-whet owl in the branches.
The little female had traveled 170 miles inside the tree to arrive at Rockefeller Center.
Nicknamed “Rockefeller”, she was taken to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center after being rescued from the tree.
After some rest and recuperation, the owl was released into a conifer forest in Upstate New York.
She’s expected to begin the annual winter migration south soon.