These baby squirrels got tangled up — literally.
seven squirrels were found at the bottom of a Michigan tree with their tails tied in knots, according to the Grand Blanc Township Police Department. When officers learned of the predicament, they went to help.
“It appears that they became entangled in their nest and eventually grew so large that the nest could no longer hold them,” the police posted on Facebook on Friday.
So as the mother squirrel watched, the officers and a resident dismantled the mess and freed her kits, police said.
“Their tails will take some time to fill up again, but they are safe,” police said.
This isn’t the first time that young squirrels have been found with their tails tied together.
In 2018, six squirrel kits received tied together in Nebraska and a wildlife rehabilitation organization spent an hour untangling them while they were under anesthesia, McClatchy News reported.
In the same year, in Wisconsin, five squirrels got their tails… knotted with long grass, strips of plastic and other man-made material, McClatchy News reported.
So why does this keep happening?
Squirrels can stick their tails together after spending months together in their drey or nest, according to Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, a company with operations in the US and Canada.
“The material used to build the nest often gets caught in the tails and clumps them together,” according to Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. “Over time, the situation gets more complicated as extra material joins the fusion and the fur becomes matted, essentially trapping the squirrels together.”
Grand Blanc Township is 11 miles from Flint, Michigan.