Un­flap­pable po­lice in M25 swan res­cue

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

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.

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