Char­ity to the res­cue af­ter swan crash lands on M25

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A SWAN had to be res­cued af­ter it ap­par­ently crashed on the hard shoul­der of the M25.

Res­cuers from The Swan Sanc­tu­ary, which is based in Shep­per­ton, re­ceived a call from Sur­rey Po­lice’s Road Cops team at 2.05am on Mon­day, in­form­ing them of a in­jured swan on the hard shoul­der of the M25, near Cob­ham Ser­vices.

Dorothy Bee­son, founder of the sanc­tu­ary, said: “We think it was air­borne and then crashed.

“There is of­ten tur­bu­lence above mo­tor­ways, es­pe­cially if it is windy, and I think it had crashed down.

“They seem to want to fly when it gets windy,” Mrs Bee­son added.

Two op­por­tu­nity res­cuers from the sanc­tu­ary, Sally Thomp­son and Stephen Knight, were sent to the scene with an am­bu­lance to res­cue the bird.

The swan was taken to M25 Cob­ham Ser­vices, where it was as­sessed.

Mrs Bee­son said the bird was now on its way to mak­ing a full re­cov­ery: “We gave it some pain re­lief as it had some cuts and bruises. It set­tled down and is now do­ing ok, but it will prob­a­bly be with us for some time.”

The Swan Sanc­tu­ary is on­call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help any swans in dis­tress.

The char­ity was set up by Mrs Bee­son in the early 1980s and its cen­tre boasts a op­er­at­ing theatre – the only one of its kind in the coun­try – with anaes­thetic, oxy­gena­tion and sur­gi­cal equip­ment.

The Swan Sanc­tu­ary res­cuer Sally Thomp­son with a swan res­cued on the M25 Mon­day 4 Sept 17

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