An unexpected stowaway in the Rockefeller Christmas tree reminds us of the magic of the season.

New York at Christmas time is literally magic. From the perfectly decorated storefront windows to the ever-present electric buzz of happiness not always felt in the city that never sleeps. Getting to experience the magic of Christmas in the city is something everyone should experience at least once.

The thing that it is probably best known for however has to be the amazing HUGE live tree they put up and decorate impeccably in Rockafella center every year. Being from New York myself I know that the magic starts long before that tree is put up and strung with lights.

It’s a tradition to pick the tree from all over different places in the great big state. It’s always an honor if they pick it from your town or one near you. When they cut the tree down, before they load it on a large flatbed for its travels, you can be sure there will be an audience watching in awe. They will cheer and wave as it drives away and takes its place in the center of it all. Well, this year the cutest little stowaway took that drive down to the city too.

The little stowaway was later found by one of the men who worked for the transport company that moved the tree. the cutest little owl had made quite the trip!! Here is the story as told by Ravensbeard wildlife center on their Facebook, which is where the little owl ended up!

“Ravensbeard is excited to share a rare Holiday story with you. Yesterday morning, I received a phone call from someone who asked if we take in owls for rehabilitation. I replied, “yes we do,” there was silence for a moment and she said “OK, I’ll call back when my husband comes home, he’s got the baby owl in a box tucked in for the long ride.” I asked where her husband was when he found the owl. She said he works for the company that transports and secures the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. She lived about an hour south so we met in the middle to do the transfer. Once secured, I peaked in the box and saw this little face looking up at me. He/she was a little Saw-whet owl, the smallest owls we have in the northeast. All baby owls are born in the spring so the idea that there was a baby owl in November didn’t make sense. Back at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, we’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through. Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey. Our hearts go out to all those “behind the scenes” workers. Great job and thanks for saving “Rockefeller”

Amazingly from this heart warming story almost 10 thousand dollars has been raised for the wildlife center. If that doesn’t highlight the magic of the Christmas season, I don’t know what does. Doesn’t get much better than that!!