Nutcracker display at Roseburg park will stay put a little longer

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The world's largest Nutcracker standing at River Forks Park in Roseburg is now home to a special guest.

It's been four months since the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights wrapped up and all the displays are Stored away except for the giant Nutcracker. Crews had planned to take it apart on Tuesday but discovered an owl had made a nest and laid seven eggs.

"She's got a nice little nesting material back there with about six, seven eggs," said crew supervisor Jack Reilly. "We saw that and (we said), 'okay, we're going to have to do something about this.'"

It took organizers months to figure out how to transport and store the world's largest Nutcracker.

Now they have to wait a bit longer, until all the owlets leave the nest.

"Apparently, we need to make some sort of cover to put over the back to keep rodents or owls or any bird out that will cause any problems," said Scott McFarlane, president of Inter Mountain Innovations, Inc.

Once the owls mature and leave the nest the Nutcracker will be disassembled and placed in the warehouse where all the other light displays are kept.

Officials say it will be reassembled at the end of the year with some new modifications.

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