Happens lots on this route due to the high number of bridges that cross the River Thames at one stage the Feltham/Ascot MOM's were called out a few times a month. They have specially designed swan bags in there vansThere was a swan on the line between Egham and Virginia Water yesterday!
It is true that there were reports of a Lion, I can't remember where - Yorkshire I think. I remember a station being closed because of it, not sure what the outcome was or if a Lion was found.Not sure if this story is true, but I remember hearing some delays caused by a lion somewhere in the north!
Probably a hoax, but I heard the story on the radio a while back.
from http://ukrailwayfaq.wikispaces.com/A+to+Z+of+ExcusesThere will be no further trains due too a giraffe becoming entangled in the overhead wires (given at Fenchurch Street during a particuly bad evening.)
Ah yes, one of life's gentlemen; could do with a few of his ilk running the railways these days......................(who rang up the Regional Operations Manager - one Peter Rayner)...............