A Kentucky family's decorated Christmas tree sat inside their home for four days before it was discovered to be home to an owl.

Michele White said FOX 56 that the young owl managed to go unnoticed on the family room's Christmas tree for four days, blending in with the tree's branches.

“I have three dogs,” White told WDKY-TV. “We use this room non-stop: we watch TV; the kitchen is right here; no indication.”

White said the Christmas owl's home was disturbed when her family went on their annual search for the perfect Christmas tree.

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A Lexington, Kentucky family recently found an unwanted Christmas guest nestled in their Christmas tree. (Michel White)

Owl

The bird blended into the branches, going unnoticed for four days. (Michel White)

“Every year. I love it,” White said. “We chose this as a family.”

The first person to spot the feathered friend was Bobby Hayes.

Hayes, the owner of Magic Carpet Cleaning, was housekeeping while the family was away when he noticed the movement of the branches.

Michael Hayes holding the owl

Michael Hayes was the first person to spot the small bird, nestled in the tree's branches. (Michel White)

Closer examination revealed that a small owl was rustling in the tree.

“He climbed further up the tree,” Hayes said. “It took me several minutes to find it.”

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Hayes managed to grab the owl and sent a photo to White.

“I was shocked. I was so stunned,” White said.

Owl on the tree

Four days before the owl was discovered, the White family went to cut down the family Christmas tree. (Michel White)

She said she initially thought Hayes was playing a prank with a stuffed animal.

“I thought he had put a stuffed animal or an ornament on it, so I called him right away, like, 'You're kidding me, right?'” White said.

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Hayes told the local news station that he gently removed the owl from its cozy home and found a wooded spot to release the little bird.

“Everyone can have a merry Christmas now,” Hayes said.



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