Six squirrels found with tails tied together in ‘crazy phenomenon’

Six squirrels found with tails tied together in ‘crazy phenomenon’

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Six squirrels found with tails tied together in ‘crazy phenomenon’

Craig Luttman heard a strange screeching noise outside his home in Nebraska and upon investigating discovered a very odd sight: six baby squirrels clinging to a pine tree with their tails tied together.

“It was like a tug of war,” Luttman of Elkhorn told the Omaha World-Herald. “All were going in different directions.”

Luttman phoned the Nebraska Humane Society and an animal control officer was sent out to rescue the little critters, which were taken to Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.

Laura Stastny, the executive director of the rehab facility, told the World-Herald that the baby squirrels’ tails became stuck together because of tree sap and then got tangled as they wrestled around in the nest.

“There have [been] a couple sightings/cases of this crazy phenomenon!” the Nebraska Humane Society wrote on Facebook.

Indeed, these cases occur once every year or two, Stastney said.

To untangle the furry mess, Stastney gave the squirrels a painkiller, covered them with a towel to limit their stress, and began cutting away the sap-covered fur. Then she untangled the six tails. The process took an hour to complete.

Stastny reported that the squirrels are all doing fine, though a few of them need surgery to remove parts of their damaged tails.

The squirrels will be released back into the wild in a few weeks.

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