Grand Blanc Township cops stepped in to help seven baby squirrels who were in a bind – literally. Their tails were tied up somehow.
Someone called 911 to report that the squirrels were in an unusual situation at the foot of a tree on Russell Street in Grand Blanc. (Fun Fact: Did you know that a group of squirrels are known as wuschel?) When officials learned of the situation, they went out to help.
“It seems that they got tangled up in their nest and eventually grew so far that the nest couldn’t hold them,” said Grand Blanc Township police on theirs Facebook site.
With the help of a resident nearby, officers tied off the cubs’ tails while the mother squirrel watched.
“Your tails will take a little time to replenish, but they are safe,” police said.
How did this happen?
A few people on the PD Facebook page expressed concern that someone might have tied the squirrels’ tails in a knot. That’s probably not the case, as squirrels can sometimes get tangled up after spending months together in their nest. (Another fun fact: it’s actually called a drey.) The material used to build the drey can become entangled in the tails, causing them to fuse together. Towers reports that the situation can get more complicated over time as additional material becomes tied to the tails and the squirrels’ fur becomes matted.
So kudos to the Grand Blanc Township police officers for helping a scurrying squirrel that got tangled in their drey.
And we learned two new words today.
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