These Squirrels With Tangled Tails Escape A Predator Thanks To A Daring Rescue

By Kayleigh Roberts

Picture this: Four squirrels somehow get their tails tangled together, and they're all running in different directions.

A cat hunts them in the distance.

A fifth squirrel screams from a tree branch.

Who will save them!?!

These Squirrels With Tangled Tails Escape A Predator Thanks To A Daring Rescue
credit: A Day

Andrew Day and his father, that's who. Day was visiting his parents in Bangor, Maine when he spotted a mass of fur in the street. He thought a cat was attacking an injured squirrel and jumped to the rescue. When he got to the scene, however, he realized it wasn't a cat attacking a squirrel. It was actually four squirrels who had somehow gotten their tails all tied together in a knot.

Day took a video of the bizarre scene because it needed to be documented:

Then he went to work on how to help the squirrels. As it turned out, a cat was prowling around, waiting across the street. Day shooed it away and followed the squirrels to a tree where a fifth squirrel — probably their mom — was waiting and wailing.

The squirrels tried to climb the tree, but thanks to the pinwheel shape, they couldn't manage it.

"Three were going vertical, but the fourth was facing downward, so they couldn't make any headway," Day told Act Out with Aislinn.

These Squirrels With Tangled Tails Escape A Predator Thanks To A Daring Rescue
credit: YouTube

Day and his dad called Animal Control, but this unbelievable event happened on a Sunday and the office was closed. Next, they tried the police, who told them to call the game warden. Sadly, the game warden was at least an hour away. Fearing for the squirrels' safety, Day and his dad followed the instructions officials gave them over the phone and started the process of untangling the squirrels.

"My father and I took their advice in what they said they'd do, so we got them in a box," Day said. Once the squirrels were in the cardboard box and had had some time to calm down, Day put on thick work gloves and went to work. "It was like a giant dreadlock, intertwined with it was straw and twigs and there was some plastic... I got some scissors and I trimmed their tail hair off the squirrels for about an hour and a half. It was quite the operation. I'm happy to report they were fine."

Day and his dad released the squirrels back into the tree with their mother, giving this story a very happy ending.