A treasured family pet that was stranded overnight at the side of a motorway has been reunited with his owners.
‘Bear’, a 10 month old St Bernard puppy from Southampton, escaped from his owner, Nathan Hardit's car, after it was involved in a crash on the M25 near Clacket Lane services on the Surrey / Kent border.
The startled dog escaped from the damaged back door where it ran across the motorway and into the road verge.
It looked as though he had disappeared into a neighbouring field and the dog’s owner, Nathan Hardit, had to eventually abandon the search.
But the following morning Bear was spotted next to the hard shoulder by a driver on the M25, and Highways Agency traffic officers Russell Bagshaw and Donald Corby were deployed to rescue him.