A young family from Atalanta Georgia have had the surprise of their lives when they discovered a live owl hiding in their Christmas tree.
Katie McBride Newman and her children had just finished their dinner when they decided to move to the living room.
Katie’s daughter India who had been in another room, screamed, “Oh my gosh!”
She ran back towards her mum in tears, telling her that while she was checking the Christmas tree ornaments, one of it turned its head and looked straight at her.
The family, who had purchased the tree around Thanksgiving, suspected that the owl had flown in through the window.
Concerned about its wellbeing, they rang the Chattahoochee Nature Center and were advised to leave some raw chicken for the owl.
The Eastern screech owl is common in Georgia, and when an employee arrived at the home to check the owl for injuries, it was pretty obvious for them that the skinny owl had been in the Christmas tree since they purchased it and it’s in a needed of an urgent care.
An updates was posted by Katie,
He’s OK!!!! (The owl AND Billy!)
He’s a little lean (the owl AND Billy)
but no sign of injury (same). The AMAZING Wildlife Tech from CNC gave him fluids and food (just the owl) and put him in a crate with 2 mice (again, just the owl). We are going to try to release him at twilight (again, just the🦉, I’m keeping Billy Newman forever ❤️) and will post our final (we hope) update to let you know if he takes to freedom!
We owe so much thanks to the Chattahoochee Nature Center Wildlife team – truly good samaritans who saved our Christmas Owl – please support them.
And finally the happy ending: