Michigan police responded to a strange natural occurrence – having to untie seven baby squirrels whose tails got knotted up.
According to the Grand Blanc Township Police Department, the squirrels were found at the bottom of the tree in a helpless predicament after their nest could no longer hold them. When officers heard of the problem, they immediately went aid mother nature in her course.
“It appears they became entangled while in their nest and finally grew to a point the nest couldn’t hold them,” the department said in a Facebook post.
Lucky for the squirrels, the Grand Blanc police were there to rescue them from their tangled state.
Police said that their officers, along with a resident, helped untie the baby squirrels’ tails while their mother looked on.
“Their tails will need a little time to fill back in, but they are safe,” police said.
According to Wikipedia, this can happen with litters of mammals that have long tails, such as squirrels or rats. With squirrels, it is called a “squirrel king,” and is usually due to tree sap or other nesting materials that glue the tails together. The condition if often fatal unless aided by someone that separates them.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, a company with offices in the U.S. and Canada, explained: “The material used to build the nest often gets entangled with the tails and merges them together. Over time the situation becomes more complicated as additional material joins the fusion and the fur becomes matted, essentially trapping the squirrels together.”
A similar incident occurred in 2018 in Nebraska. According to the Kansas City Star, workers of a wildlife rehab organization had to give six squirrels anaesthesia while untangling their tails.