Lucky the owl survives 300 mile train journey to Northamptonshire

Lucky the owl
Lucky the owl

A tawny owl which ended up in Northamptonshire after clinging to the front of a speeding train for more than 300 miles has been named Lucky.

The young bird was found just below the driver’s cabin when the Malcolm Group train when it pulled into Stobart’s freight terminal in Crick.

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It is thought Lucky spent the entire 325 mile journey from Glasgow perched on the front of the Class 66 Loco.

Staff at the train terminal spotted dazed Lucky still clinging onto one of the front pipes once the train had come to a stop.

He was taken to Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary where he was treated for a sprained wing. Owner Geoff Grewcock, 63, said the owl was lucky to be alive.

Mr Grewcock said: “He’s got slight wing damage and a bit of concussion but he’s a very, very lucky owl.

“When I received a phone call saying there was an owl clinging onto one of the pipes on the front of the train I thought it was going to be really seriously injured.

“Because of the distance it’s come from and from clinging on the front I thought his wings were going to be snapped all the way back.

“He must have good grip.”

Mr Grewcock said it was likely that Lucky was hunting when he found the unusual perch point.

He said: “It is strange to cling on all that way. He must’ve been hunting because owls never fly unless they are hunting.

“Maybe he spotted a mouse and went to look for it or he could’ve flown into the train.

“He wasn’t trapped but because the wind was blowing against him, it kept him perched on there and he just kept hanging on with his talons.

“He’s lucky to be alive after travelling more than 300 miles – that’s why all the staff decided to name him Lucky.’