On Thursday, Wildlife rehabilitators in Wisconsin worked to untangle the tails of five young squirrels after they became entangled in their nest. According to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s wildlife rehab program, they called this, the “Tailspin: A Tale of Five-Tails.”
Craig Luttman spotted this juvenile grey squirrels and stepped forward to help. He called the Nebraska Humane Society to help these 8-week-old critters on a tree outside his home in Elkhorn. Luttman said, “It was like a tug of war. All were going in different directions!”
The squirrel’s tails have become entangled with the long-stemmed grasses ad strips of plastic that their mother used as their nest material. The veterinarians put the squirrels to sleep with an anesthesia and covered them with towels to keep them calm as they carefully worked on detangling the little tails. Bit by bit they snipped away the grass plastic trapping the tails. It was definitely a puzzle and the Humane Society joked and called this the “Gordian Knot,” a reference to the challenge faced by Alexander the Great.
Their Facebook post tells that it was impossible to tell whose tail is it and they were concerned because each one of them had suffered from tissue damage because of their tail’s circulatory impairment. Eventually, they were able to separate the tails after about 20 minutes when they cut at the grass and plastic knot using scissors while being careful to make sure that they aren’t snipping anyone’s tail.
Some people consider squirrels as pests. However, they do not only use the forest to live and it, but they can also help the environment. They have a very important ecological role that we have to know of. Squirrels bury the nuts that they get in the ground, a behavior that is called “caching.” What they do is they dig up and eat most of the food they bury, but some of it is forgotten. These nuts and seeds that are not recovered will sprout in the spring and grow into plants and trees, and assist humans with forest renewal.
The group revealed that this is not a common call and quite different from the rescue calls that they receive. The WHS shared that the squirrels were “bright-eyed” where three of them are bushy-tailed while the other two have lesser fur. The staff said they will continue to monitor the squirrels to make sure that their tails will have sufficient blood flow. These babies are doing fine and they are about to be released in a few weeks.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society is a non-profit wildlife hospital and rescue center and they are committed to building a community that treats animals with kindness and respect. They care for over 5,000 injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals of more than 145 different species. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and return these animals to the wild once they are ready. They also give humane advice to people who have concerns about injured, sick, orphaned, or wild animals in the human living environments. They have fundraising events to spread awareness about how to treat the wildlife.
Let us do our best to help the wildlife. These animals need the forests in order for them to survive. If we see any wild animal, learn how to treat them in the human living environment.