A tiny owl that was found stuck in the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree in New York was released back into the wild this week after being treated at a rehabilitation facility.

The Northern saw-whet owl, nicknamed 'Rocky' for where she was found, created a storm on social media when she was discovered early last week, just two days after the tree arrived at Rockefeller Centre from upstate New York.

Northern saw-whet owls are one of the smallest owl species in North America.

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Rocky had been nestled inside the tree for days having weathered the long road trip without food or water.

But after several days of treatment at New York's Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, she was ready to break out on her own again.

Rockefeller Christmas tree
The tree, that was installed last week, is 75ft tall, 45ft in diameter and weighs 11-tonnes

She was released at sunset on Tuesday into a wooded area in upstate New York.

"Rocky's release was a success," the wildlife centre posted on its Facebook page. "She is a tough little bird and we're happy to see her back in her natural habitat."