Rockefeller the Christmas tree owl has been set free

Call it a Thanksgiving week freedom flight.

Rockefeller is back in the wild. You remember Rockefeller.

The saw-whet owl wound up at Rockefeller Center earlier this month tucked into the plaza’s iconic Christmas tree.

A transport worker found the wee thing and whisked it to Ravensbeard Wildlife Center for a little TLC. And now, the female owl, nicknamed Rocky, has flown far, far away from Midtown Manhattan.

“Rocky’s release was a success!” the wildlife center provided by way of update on Facebook. “She is a tough little bird and we’re happy to see her back in her natural habitat. We are sure that Rocky will feel your love and support through her journey south.”

Rockefeller inadvertently went for a long ride when the evergreen was chopped down in upstate New York.

But was rescued by the kindness of strangers.

We have exciting new to share! Rockefeller has been well cared for, and she has been cleared by specialists for take off…

Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The little bird was checked over.

X-rays came back clear. The bird also perked up. And, volunteers monitored Rocky for a few days and helped the owl put on some weight.

Rockefeller is one tough bird. Photo: Ravensbeard Wildlife Center/Facebook

Then the owl was moved outdoors to prepare for this week’s release.

Hello everyone! Rockefeller is doing very well. He has been moved to an outdoor location so that he can acclimate to the…

Posted by Ravensbeard Wildlife Center on Saturday, November 21, 2020

It’s a Christmas story 2020 needs.

From this.

To this.

Rocky’s gone home. Photo: Ravensbeard Wildlife Center/Facebook

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