Folks Are Going GaGa Over Ridiculously Cute Tiny Owl Found Nestled Inside Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Since 1933, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has become an American tradition and one of the most well-known Christmas trees on the planet. These massive trees usually range between 69 and 100 feet tall. Since 1997, NBC would air a “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special every Wednesday after Thanksgiving. In the program, they would conclude each broadcast with a ceremonial lighting of the tree. An estimated 125 million people visit New York City each year to see the legendary tree. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, officials believe there won’t be anywhere near that many visitors coming out this year.

The 2020 Rockafeller tree is a 75-foot-tall Norway spruce driven down from Oneota, New York, on Monday. However, workers soon discovered the tree hid a tiny hitchhiker — a Saw-whet owl. After finding the adorable little stowaway, workers safely removed the little bird from the tree and put it in a box. They then contacted the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, located in Saugerties, New York. According to the organization, the Saw-whet Owl is one of the smallest owls in the northeast.

Many have argued that the owl should be returned to Oneonta. But, the center says that Saw-Whet owls are highly adaptive and can find new mates each year. They are also very good at finding new shelter.

The center noted that it had been several days since the little owl had a good meal when the bird first arrived.

The founder and director of Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ellen Kalish, noted that they have plans to release the owl into the wild this weekend.

Meanwhile, many social media folks are roasting this year’s Rockefeller tree saying that it looks rather pathetic this year.

But, the Rockefella center replied to the critics using some humor, tweeting:

You can watch a video featuring the adorable owl below.