Kelpies to get their first "veterinary health check"

The world's largest equine sculptures are to get their first "health check" from a special "veterinary team", Scottish Canals announced today.

The 30m-tall sculptures form the centrepiece of the 43m Helix project. Picture: Peter Sandground

The canalside attraction in Grangemouth which has been visited by more then 2.5 million people is to be checked over in an eight-week full internal and external inspection for the first time since it opened three years ago.

Scottish Canals said the team will be "grooming their coats, checking their teeth, and inspecting every inch of the soaring steel canal guardians".

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Tours inside the structures will continue during the work so visitors can view its progress.

Each Kelpie contains more than 18,000 components and 1.5 miles of structural steel. Picture: Peter Sandground
Each Kelpie contains more than 18,000 components and 1.5 miles of structural steel. Picture: Peter Sandground