Sheffield singer‘almost blinded’ in gory taxidermy slip

Lucy Spraggan's injured eye after a taxidermy wildebeest she was hanging poked her in the eye
Lucy Spraggan's injured eye after a taxidermy wildebeest she was hanging poked her in the eye
Have your say

Sheffield singer Lucy Spraggan is recovering from a bizarre injury – after she was poked in the eye by a stuffed animal.

The songwriter, who is a fan of taxidermy, was hanging her latest purchase of a wildebeest head on a wall at home when the horn went into her eye in a freak accident.

The star was taken to hospital so doctors could examine the gory injury, and she later posted on Twitter about how she had been ‘lucky’ to escape major harm – writing ‘Silly Billy nearly blinded me’.

She told fans online: “I got it picked up and ready to hang on the wall and bang, his horn goes into my eye.

“Now sitting in A&E feeling reasonably lucky but in a lot of pain.”

Lucy, who grew up in Sheffield and appeared on the X Factor before launching a solo career, now lives in Brighton.

After the accident she also released a short video where she joked about ‘looking like something off of Twilight’, referring to the popular vampire film series, while walking down the street.

And it was reported that doctors had said she could have lost her eyesight as a result of the DIY gone wrong.

Lucy was quoted as saying: “It really hurt but I suppose I’m very lucky not to have lost my eye.

“The doctors said the horn was one millimetre away from causing permanent damage to my sight.

“I guess now I can add being gored by a wildebeest horn to my list of stories.”

Graphic pictures of her injured, blood-shot eye and of the wildebeest head before the accident were also posted on Twitter.

Lucy, who is signed to Columbia Records, last performed in Sheffield at this year’s Tramlines festival in July.

There she played to a large crowd of fans outside The Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island.

The singer is known for her unusual blend of acoustic, folk and hip hop.