The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is one of the most exciting parts of celebrating the holidays in New York City.
The tradition first started back in 1931 while Rockefeller Center was still in the process of being built. Workers who were part of the enormous construction project decided to put their money together to buy the tree, which they then decorated with things their families had made.
In the years that followed, a Christmas tree continued to be purchased and decorated for the center.
The trees got bigger and more popular as the years went on, and in 1951 NBC put the tree lighting on TV (it didn’t become a regular broadcast occurrence until 1997 though).
Well, in 2020, the Norway Spruce sitting in Rockefeller Center was selected from Oneonta, New York, and it came with an unexpected surprise: a small owl was discovered inside the tree after it arrived in New York City.
Facebook; Ravensbeard Wildlife Center shared the above photo of the small owl after he was found
A man who is employed by the company in charge of transporting the Christmas tree to Rockefeller Center noticed that there was a tiny little owl sitting in the tree.
He couldn’t just leave the small creature alone in there, right in the middle of Manhattan, so he knew he had to take the owl home.
He called his wife before he did, and she ended up reaching out to Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York.