By Jack Williams
These five fortunate squirrels recently received a life-saving procedure after their tails had all become tangled together.
In the shocking images, all five young squirrels can be seen in a complete tangle, unable to move as a result of the likes of long grass and plastic being caught.
The squirrels were discovered by a citizen in Franklin, Wisconsin, USA, and were then brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society the same day, September 13.
After the group had been anesthetized for the procedure, staff then used surgical scissors to snip, bit by bit, at the long grass and strips of plastic in the tangle of tails.
In total, it took 20 minutes to separate the squirrels, who suffered varying degrees of tissue damage.
Today, the creatures are making good progress, the center said, and are currently receiving treatment to prevent infections and increase their appetite.
Scott Diehl, wildlife director at the humane society’s rehabilitation center, said: “When I first saw the squirrels, I was concerned about possible damage to the tails that might have occurred from being tangled, but I was glad that the person who found them and the person who brought them to us cared enough to get them to us because I knew we could help.
“The squirrels tumbling around in their small nest, playing together, combined with the long, tough grass stems and plastic strips their mother used as nest material likely caused the entanglement.
“The squirrels are [now] quite vigorous and have good appetites.
“They are receiving treatment to prevent infection in the sores on their tails that resulted from the entanglement.”