Ugly Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree Provides Incredible Surprise

The year 2020 will forever live in infamy, that’s for sure, thanks to the infinite number of strange, morbid, and unsettling cultural tropes it has provided us.

We aren’t even done with the year yet, and we’re already lamenting just “how 2020” some things are.  In fact, whenever something seems to go poorly, or when a routine situation turn awry, we’re awful quick to chalk it up to the evil that 2020 brings with it.

Like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, for example.

But there was one cheery moment that did arise from the lackluster conifer…

A tiny owl is recovering after it was found tucked away in the branches of Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree in New York City.

The Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, said it received a telephone call on Monday morning from a woman who said her husband discovered the owl while working for the company that transports and secures the iconic tree in Rockefeller Center. The 75-foot Norway spruce was cut down last week in Oneonta, New York, and loaded onto a massive trailer before embarking on a 170-mile road trip to Manhattan, along with its feathered stowaway.

Photos of the small owl were quickly circulating on social media.


The Saw-Whet owl, now appropriately named “Rockefeller”, will be rehabbed at a local animal care facility before being, hopefully, reintroduced to the wild.