Owl found in 2020 Rockefeller Christmas tree could’ve been ‘crushed’ – The tale of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree owl was spun as a heartwarming story more fit for Disney than NBC, but the little bird’s terrifying trip was a dangerous error that should never have happened, experts told The Post.
The adorable owl — nicknamed Rockefeller — was lucky to survive after having its home cut down and then getting wrapped up in plastic for a bumpy 200-mile truck journey to Manhattan.
The brown and white speckled saw-whet — which was found clinging to a branch Saturday as the tree was unwrapped — was not removed from the tree before it was cut down even though Rockefeller Center officials claimed they “meticulously” inspected every branch.
It was forced to survive three days without food and water as it lay sealed up in a cocoon of plastic wrap and wire.
“When it comes to wildlife there is always a bigger picture, it’s not about an owl in a sweater, there’s a bigger educational picture,” said Missy Runyan, who runs the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center in Hunter.
“Worst case scenario… such a tiny little body would’ve been crushed by a limb above.”
The bird, nicknamed Rockefeller for its unwanted, temporary new home, enduredblaring car horns and other foreign racket reverberating through the branches during the drive, a known stressor for owls.
But in a world where humans are constantly encroaching on wildlife habitats, situations like this “happen more often than not, sadly enough,” Runyan said.
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