Swollen Hedgehog Brought Back Down To Earth By SSPCA

26 July 2017, 13:26 | Updated: 26 July 2017, 13:28


A swollen hedgehog the size of a beachball has been brought down to size by an animal welfare charity.

The inflated mammal, which staff at the Scottish SPCA have called Zepplin, was spotted by a member of the public in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, on Sunday.

Animal experts say the male hedgehog is suffering ''balloon syndrome'' and is thought to have been injured by a car, causing air to be trapped under his skin.

He is now being treated at the Scottish SPCA's national wildlife rescue centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said: ''Zepplin is suffering from 'balloon syndrome'. It's likely that he's been clipped by a car, puncturing a lung and causing air to become trapped under his skin.

''Our animal rescue officer Louise Hume got a bit of a shock when she went to pick him up. He's certainly one of the largest hedgehogs we've taken into our care.

''He's been seen by our vet Romain, who is hopeful that Zepplin, now deflated, will make a full recovery.

''He'll be closely monitored at our centre to make sure infection doesn't set in before being released back into the wild once he's fully recovered.''