Ten year-old India Newman couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a tiny bird sitting one of her Christmas tree’s branches (It had been inside their house for over a week.)
India’s mother, Kate McBride, spoke to CNN and explained she was terrified to see the bird of prey nesting alongside the ornaments.
She said India “burst into tears” when she ran into the living room to tell her bemused parents.
“She comes very dramatically into the dining room and goes, ‘Mama, that ornament scared me.'”
She thought India was referring to one of the decorations on their tree, but it turns out it was a live owl.
They left their windows and doors open that night so their unexpected guest could leave on its own.
But the family woke up the next morning to owl sitting inside the tree, so they decided to get some help to remove the bird safely.
They called up the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) to remove the owl and with their help, they managed to get the bird out of the tree and into a pet carrier.
Kate shared her experience on Facebook, posting a pic of a plate of chicken,
“He ate some chicken!!!
“When I peeked around the tree to check on him, he hopped back up to his perch on the higher branch.”
She also praised the CNC, calling them
“truly good Samaritans who saved our Christmas Owl”.