WATCH: Watching this hedgehog paddling will make your Wednesday!



THE Scottish SPCA is currently looking after Phelps the hedgehog who was discovered as a baby outside during the day in November.

Phelps the hedgehog receives hydrotherapy

Scotland’s animal welfare charity has been providing the hedgehog with hydrotherapy to help build up his weak hind legs, whilst not having him bear weight.

The charity 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!”

“We would be particularly concerned if a hedgehog is out during the day at this time of year and would urge anyone who finds one to call our animal helpline so we can come and collect it.

“They should try to contain it by picking it up using gardening gloves or a thick towel and placing it in a secure box. It can then be left with fresh water and tinned cat food until we arrive.

Hedgehogs will struggle in the cold

“Hedgehogs will struggle in the cold, so if anyone spots one during the freezing winter weather they should call us immediately.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.


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hippogryph · 4 years ago

i have probably watched that 100 times but i will never get get bored of a paddling hedgehog!!!!!!!

sgadders · 4 years ago

I rescued a hedgehog from a bonfire a few weeks ago

mollyboo8 · 4 years ago

ADORABLE! I will never forget a paddling hedgehog!

mollyboo8 · 4 years ago

I also want to find out why it's paddling in a plastic box.

oof · 3 years ago

It's adorable so cute also I never new a hedgehog could swim!!!

sgadders · 3 years ago

i didnt know they could swim either

warriors12 · 3 years ago

Soooooooooooo cute!!!!!?

darth_bob · 3 years ago

That is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!! It makes me want to go and hug that hedgehog! I think it is the cutest thing since that video of the puppy with adorable enormous eyes getting stuck on the table!!!!!

amo · 3 years ago

ADORABLE!!!! I can't get over how cute that is.

gamer07 · 3 years ago

Sooooooo cute!

kitten888 · 3 years ago


ch28 · 3 years ago

That is sooo cute.
I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sloth-love · 1 year ago

So cute!

wireskid · 1 year ago

I agree with oof

wireskid · 1 year ago

It is in a plastic box because it has been rescued and it is safe there