Katie McBride Newman of Newman, Georgia, tells the story of the Christmas owl. Her family bought a cut Christmas tree, brought it home, set it up, and began putting ornaments on it. Coincidentally, they were hanging owl ornaments when they found a real owl had come with the tree! The owl did not show any desire to leave.
In the days that followed, Newman and her husband, Billy, posted videos, shared details of trying to feed the bird, and added a bit of mystery by noting it would vanish and reappear in the tree.
“Last night we shut all the interior doors, turned off all the lights and came to initiate owl removal – and he was NO WHERE to be found. Gulp,” the family posted Dec. 13. “At 1:30 am, Billy came out to check, and was roosting on the tip top of the star.”
On Dec. 14, the couple sought professional help from the Chattahoochee Nature Center, which sent a wildlife tech to examine the bird for injuries (it was unhurt) and get it into a crate.