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Happy Tale: These 5 Squirrels Had ‘Hopelessly Entangled’ Tails Until Their Fortunate Rescue

From fairy tales to the forest, squirrels are some of the cutest and most playful woodland creatures. They’re hysterical to watch, skipping and jumping through the trees. They even get a little frisky, especially when they’re throwing acorns down at cars and people during the fall harvest. It’s frightening to think of the five squirrels in this tale, tangled up by their tails!

What A Mess!

We think of squirrels, we imagine them creating dens inside of trees. But many squirrels, similar to birds, collect twigs, leaves and grass to create their nests. They gather these materials and loosely weave them together to form a sturdy base. Then, they line the inner sanctum with grass, moss, bark, or pine needles.

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Unfortunately for these Milwaukee squirrels, their mother also used strips of plastic in their nest, which led to quite the tailspin.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

The five squirrel siblings must have been causing quite the ruckus in their distress. One caring human discovered them, and immediately called the Wisconsin Humane Society. “You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was,” the Humane Society commented in a Facebook post.

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They claimed it was a “‘Gordian Knot’ of tightly tangled tails and nest material…impossible to tell whose tail was whose.” How terrible!

Free At Last!

After carefully sedating the squirrelly bunch, workers delicately snipped through the knot of grass, plastic, and tails. It took approximately 20 minutes to get through the mess. The workers had to take extra care to not damage any of the tails in the process.


In an update posted a week after the incident, the Humane Society excitedly shared, “We’re happy to report that all five squirrels are now very active and vigorous…we hope and expect they will all make full recoveries and will then be released into the wild.” Well done, Wisconsin Humane Society

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