The Scottish SPCA is caring for a swollen hedgehog who was discovered near Minard Road in Lanarkshire.
We were alerted on Sunday (23 July) after the hedgehog, resembling a beach ball, was spotted by a member of the public.
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Zepplin, as he’s now been named by staff, is currently being looked after at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
“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.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.