Charity to the rescue after swan crash lands on M25
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