Owl’s journey aids Stevens-Swan

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Sometimes we encounter a story that just makes us smile. Such is the saga of “Rocky the Owl.”

Rocky’s story has grabbed national attention. She was wrapped up in the Christmas Tree that traveled from Oneonta to Rockefeller Center in New York City. People followed her plight in the news every day.

The region fell in love with the little owl and her story of surviving three days with no food and water while traveling.

She has been nursed back to full health and is back in a natural outdoor habitat — although not back in her original home in Oneonta.

Here comes another part of the story, with a local angle. Noting how the area followed her recent journey, Jerry Kraus, project organizer and volunteer, said he decided to immortalize “Rocky” with her adorable little face on a mug to benefit other animals.

All proceeds from the sale of the mugs will help the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica, where he worked for five years — from 2008-2013.

The 11 ounce mugs have “Rocky’s” face on them with the words, “Rockefeller, The Christmas Owl” on one side and “Rocky, The Oneonta Owl” on the other.

They will be on sale for $10 at local outlets including Utica Coffee Roasters (Utica and Clinton locations), Piggy Pats (in Washington Mills), The Stevens-Swan Humane Society, Max’s Print Shop (in Marcy) and online at RockyMug.com.

What a terrific stocking-stuffer.

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