Sarasota, FL - Here's a holiday story you just won't believe.
A family found an owl in their Christmas tree, and the bird apparently had a little hooter in him.
A small screech owl was found in a live Christmas tree that a family bought.
They kept the tree for five days before they decided to decorate it.
When they did, they found the owl.
Animal control officers came to get the owl, and when they did, they made a shocking discovery!
"I kept smelling him and smelling him, saying 'What is that odor'. It was lying there as happy as can be,"says one animal control officer who was at the scene.
"Curiously enough, the owl's feathers smelled very, very potently like marijuana," says Animal Control Officer Dering. They examined the owl, looked at its eyes, big owl eyes, and the owl was, in the vernacular, stoned."
Blood tests confirmed the owl was flying high, on marijuana.
They checked him out, fed him and named him Cheech.
He'll be released in a few days.
Mister Owl, how many tokes does it take to get stoned for five days straight?