Unflappable police in M25 swan rescue
THERE was a bit of a flap on the M25 when a swan landed on the motorway after hitting a lorry.
The bird is now recovering after being captured by police when it flew on to the road between junctions 10 and 11.
Officers from Surrey’s road policing unit wrapped the bird in a high-vis police jacket before calling staff at the swan sanctuary. They then picked up the young female and took it back to the sanctuary in Shepperton.
Dot Beeson, who runs the centre in Felix Lane, said the swan was given antibiotics and pain relief before having a nap following the incident on Saturday May 28.
“It had an injury to its chestbone from the impact,” she said. “We got a call to say the swan was between junctions 10 and 11 and we got there as quick as we could.
“The police were superb, as always, and we picked her up. The turbulence from the rushing traffic disturbs their wings and that’s why they land on the motorway.
“We don’t know if she’s been hit by a car so we are keeping an eye on her.”
Sanctuary staff said the swan was ‘recovering well’.
This is not the first time an animal has ended up on the M25 of late.
A loose dog brought traffic to a standstill last month.
A police officer helps the stricken swan. It is said to be making a good recovery.