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News of Otsego County

Rockefeller Owl

Rockefeller Owl Inspires Commemorative Bobblehead

Rockefeller Owl Inspires

Commemorative Bobblehead

Rockefeller, in bobblehead form

ONEONTA – Rockefeller, the diminutive Saw-whet owl found inside “Daddy Al” Dick’s Rockefeller-bound Norway Spruce, has been immortalized as a limited-edition bobblehead figure from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame.

The figure, available for pre-order, will ship in Feb. 2021, and $5 will be donated to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center.

Though earlier reports stated that Rockefeller would be released in Oneonta over the weekend, a statement from the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center says that they are still deciding when and where to release him.

Rockefeller Owl Could Return To Oneonta Tonight

Rockefeller Owl Could

Return To Oneonta Tonight

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Rockefeller,” the Saw-whet owl, hitched a ride to NYC in Oneonta’s Christmas tree.

ONEONTA – Rockefeller, the Saw-whet owl who traveled 170 miles to New York City on “Daddy Al” Dick’s Rockefeller Center-bound Norway Spruce, could be released this evening in “a cluster of conifers” near his hometown of Oneonta, according to WRGB Albany.

After the owl was found in the tree last weekend, he was transported to the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, where he was given water and fed mice.

“He was a little on the thin side when he came in,” director Ellen Kalish told The Daily Freeman. “He probably hadn’t eaten in a number of days. So I just want to make sure that he’s at his best weight and health, and then he goes.”

Oneonta Owl Hitches A Ride On Rockefeller-Bound Tree

Oneonta Owl Hitches Ride

On Rockefeller-Bound Tree

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Rockefeller,” the Sw-whet owl, hitched a ride to NYC in Oneonta’s Christmas tree.

ONEONTA – A Saw-whet owl who nested in “Daddy Al” Dick’s 75-foot Norway Spruce was rescued when workers tasked with transporting the tree to Rockefeller Center found the hitchhiker while putting up the tree in New York City.

According to a Facebook post, the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties received a phone call that the owl had been rescued from the tree after it arrived in Manhattan.

“I received a phone call from someone who asked if we take in owls for rehabilitation,” the post read. “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.’”

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