A Georgia family got a special holiday surprise after finding a critter hiding inside their Christmas tree. The discovery came last Thursday evening when Katie McBride Newman and her two children, India and Jack, were finishing dinner. India had started to clear the table and was in another room when mom heard her exclaim, “Oh my gosh!” India walked into the dining room and said, “Mama, that ornament scared me.” Mom’s a big fan of owls and has a dozen owl ornaments on the family tree, so she thought India had been spooked by one of them. When mom went to check out the tree, one of the owls turns its head.
… The family left their windows and doors open that night, hoping the bird would leave on its own — but it didn’t. The next day they called a nearby nature center which offered some ideas — none of which worked. Finally the nature experts came and captured the bird.