2018, September 17: Wisconsin Squirrel King

On September 13, 2018, five unlucky Gray Squirrel siblings had a change of luck when they were discovered and brought to the attention of the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The Squirrel King
Five sleeping squirrels. [Larger version here]

Their tails had been tangled together with bits of the material their mother had used to make a nest -- long-stemmed grass and strips of plastic. This "wiggly and unruly (and nippy!)" mass of fur was soon anesthetized, and the cleanup began. Nest material was carefully snipped away, as the vets determined that the squirrels had all "suffered from varying degrees of tissue damage to their tails caused by circulatory impairment."

Separated.
Finally Free! [Larger version here]

It took about twenty minutes to fully separate the squirrels. A day later, all of them were much happier, though they were due to stay at the clinic for a little longer as vets made sure their tails were recovering right.