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Bald hedgehog gets daily massages with almond oil

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jeremy Durkin/REX/Shutterstock (6687386b) Bald hedgehog Nelson Nelson the bald hedgehog who has no prickles, Norfolk, UK - 19 Oct 2016 *Full story: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/str2 Meet the world’s smoothest cuddliest hedgehog. Nelson is completely bald and when he is curled up looks just like an egg. He doesn’t have a single prickle or strand of hair and is thought to be suffering from stress related alopecia following a trauma in the wild. Volunteers have been massaging him for half an hour a day for the last year to encourage his spikes to grow. So far his massage therapy has produced no results but he will continue to receive them because he enjoys them so much and they help to keep his skin soft and smooth. Nelson will now live out his days at the Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue.
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This cuddly bald hedgehog isn’t feeling quite so sharp due to a trauma in the wild. The critter called Nelson is suffering from stress-related alopecia, which has caused him to lose all his spines. The animal, who is now being cared for at the Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue center in the UK, was initially suffering from bald patches before all his prickles fell out. But his smooth exterior does have one advantage — he gets a lot more love from the staff at the care center.

“He doesn’t have a single prickle or hair on his entire body. Though he does have nails so he is a mystery and we will likely never know what caused him to lose his hair and spikes.” Tonia Garner, manager at Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue center, UK said.

For the last year, volunteers have massaged him for half an hour a day with almond oil to soothe the dry flaky skin on his body and encourage his spikes to grow back. So far his massage therapy has produced no results but he will continue to receive the treatment because it helps to keep his skin soft and smooth.

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