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Dartford wildlife rescuer stops car in M25 fast lane to save injured duck

A wildlife rescue specialist risked her life by stopping her car in the fast lane of the M25 to save an injured duck from certain death.

Carly Ahlen of Dartford-based Gabo Wildlife was driving on the motorway near Swanley, on Wednesday, when she saw a group of four ducks in the fast lane – three of which had sadly been crushed by traffic.

Carly with a cygnet saved in a previous rescue mission
Carly with a cygnet saved in a previous rescue mission

Carly, who was returning from a swan sanctuary in Middlesex, having rescued a cygnet from Bluewater that morning, said she was shocked by what she described as a "real horror unfolding in front of her very eyes".

She didn't think twice about running into the motorway to save the surviving duck, while a van driver also came to the rescue to stop approaching traffic.

"It was traumatised and running around so I stopped my car and ran out to rescue him and got him," said Carly. “I couldn't believe my eyes. I stopped my car in the fast lane, making sure I was not placing any humans in danger, but my life was surely at risk. I started to run to the last remaining duck."

While the van driver halted traffic, Carly sprinted down the motorway, weaving between queuing cars to grab the bird, which had suffered a head injury and was bleeding.

Carly then put the duck in a carrier and drove to safety – then treated the bird to stop the bleed on its head, which she described as a "terrible wound".

The rescued duck is now recuperating
The rescued duck is now recuperating

Thankfully, the treatment was successful and the bird is now recovering at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, Surrey – a charity dedicated to the treatment of swans and waterfowl.

Carly added: "I was pretty shaken up. I was already exhausted from rescuing a cygnet in Bluewater earlier in the day, as well as taking care of many injured animals I have under my foundation's care.

"I carefully stemmed the bleed on the duck's head and treated her for shock. I then made arrangements urgently to have her transported to the Swan Sanctuary, who have informed me that she also suffered a broken wing, but is otherwise expected to make a full recovery.

"I am glad I managed to save her life. I just wished I had driven to the scene a few seconds earlier to have saved them all."

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