09/21/2010 09:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Stowaway Owl Found On Royal Caribbean Ship

Hours before Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas was due to sail from Port Everglades this past weekend, a rare owl was found stowed away on the ship's artificial golf course and needed to be removed, according to the Miami Herald.

The owl is a member of the Florida burrowing owls species, which is protected by federal law (and is known to find spots to burrow). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was called to the ship to remove the bird.

The ten-month-old Oasis of the Seas is known for its open-air "Central Park," according to USA Today, but this was the first time anything larger than a butterfly was found.

Lt. Dave Bingham, one of the officers in charge of catching the bird, told the Herald: "They're very territorial, and she was making it clear `this is my territory.'"

Commission staff spent 30 minutes trying to capture the owl, which they then released into a nearby park.

The birds clever nickname? "Oasis the Owl.''