Remember the story last year that went viral right around this time about the little saw-whet owl that was found in the Christmas tree by workers at Rockefeller Center who were setting it up after it arrived from Oneonta, NY? "Rocky" as he was dubbed ended up being cared for and released by The Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, NY. You can see his release here...

Well, little Rocky became an almost overnight celebrity and a symbol of bravery and perseverance along the way. So much so, that his image popped up on some products for fundraisers for the wildlife animal rescue center where he was rehabilitated, like the Rocky Christmas tree ornament.


Rocky is about to become even more famous with his inspirational tale being told by none other than Ravensbeard Wildlife Center's executive director Ellen Kalish, along with Gideon Sterer in a new children's book called "The Christmas Owl" which is now available for sale. The book is described as "a charming story of friendship, compassion, and the true meaning of this special time of year" on


The Ravensbeard Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization and is donation-based. If you'd like to donate to show your support of what they're doing to help wildlife, you can do so by visiting

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