Last Thursday, a Milwaukee resident discovered five juvenile gray squirrels in an odd predicament. The siblings had emerged from their cozy nest only to find that they were hopelessly stuck together, their fluffy tails tangled.
The five tails had enmeshed with the long-stemmed grasses and strips of plastic that their mother had used to build their nest. At only 5 or 6 weeks old, the squirrels were just beginning to explore outside with some parental guidance — and were understandably confused by these unexpected growing pains.
“The squirrels were on the ground, trying to go in five different directions at once!” Scott Diehl, wildlife director for the Wisconsin Humane Society, told The Dodo. "The mom squirrel was there trying to help her babies.”