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    Twisted Tale a happy ending

    Nice one squirrel and well done to the helper a Mr DrinkLikeaFishh of Stillwalkee



    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ents-wisconsin

    Moral of the tale , don't tied up with more than one partner?


    The squirrels were sedated before wildlife workers set about untangling their tails.

    It was the worst of times for five juvenile grey squirrel siblings in the US state of Wisconsin when their tales became potentially fatally entangled with grass, plastic and each other.


    The rodents became trapped in the nest their mother had built, after their tales worked themselves into a giant knot.


    A “caring finder” found the infants, known as kits, and took them to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at the Wisconsin Humane Society.


    “You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was, so our first step was to anaesthetise all five of them at the same time,” the centre wrote on its Facebook page.


    With the animals out cold, the centre began work to unravel the “Gordian Knot” of tightly tangled tails and nest material.


    All five squirrels recovered after their anaesthetic.
    All five squirrels recovered after their anaesthetic. Photograph: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society
    “It was impossible to tell whose tail was whose, and we were increasingly concerned because all of them had suffered from varying degrees of tissue damage to their tails caused by circulatory impairment,” the centre said.


    After about 20 minutes of careful cutting the knot began to undo and the squirrels were left to recover from their anaesthetic.


    The squirrels appear to be unaffected by their experience.
    The squirrels appear to be unaffected by their experience. Photograph: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society
    “Now, one day later, they are all bright-eyed, and three of the five are ‘bushy-tailed’, but we’ll need to monitor all of them for a couple of days to watch for tail necrosis caused by impaired blood flow,” the centre said.


    Grey squirrels are members of the rodent family can grow up to 50cm (21 inches) in length. They live throughout Wisconsin, preferring mature hardwood forests where they feed on acorns, hickory nuts and walnuts


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    Hurrah, though I was expecting a twist in the tale, like the Green Goddess crew during the firemans' strike that made a big deal about rescuing a cat that was stuck in a tree, and then as they were leaving ran it over.

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    My claim to fame is that one of the green goddess crew members was a neighbor of mine, Brian, member of the DERR.

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    That's it, you're immortal!

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