Water Bout That Then


Weird and Wonderful

Water ’bout that then?
15th March 2018

By Lloyd Lugsden

Phelps the hedgehog has received hydrotherapy.

The Scottish SPCA has been caring for Phelps the hedgehog, who was discovered as a juvenile outside during the day. The hedgehog has had hydrotherapy to help build up his weak hind legs while not having him bear weight.

Wildlife Rescue Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “Phelps arrived into our care back in November and once he uncurled, we realised that he was unable to use his hind legs.

“Our vet advised physiotherapy and because hedgehogs curl up when scared, we decided to place him in a shallow bath of water. He was closely supervised by Nicola Turnbull, our head of small mammals, and was able to build up strength in his hind legs without having to bear any weight.

“We continued his treatment over a seven-day period and gradually Phelps regained the use of his hind legs and should be ready for release once the weather gets warmer.”