Thursday, March 20, 2014

Owl survived 300-mile journey clinging to front of train

A tawny owl has been named Lucky after clinging to the front of a train for a journey of more than 300 miles.

The bird was found below the driver's cabin of the Class 66 locomotive as it pulled into Stobart's freight terminal in Crick, Northamptonshire. It is thought he had been clinging on since the train set off from Mossend, near Glasgow.

Lucky is now recovering from a sprained wing at Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. "It's a miracle, really," said sanctuary owner Geoff Grewcock. "He could have easily been blown off and gone under the train. He's lucky to be alive."

Mr Grewcock said he hoped to release Lucky, believed to be between two and three years old, back into the wild in about a week. He said the sanctuary had previously helped a kestrel found inside a train from Germany but "nothing like this".

There's a news video here.

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