No, you’re not nuts. Those four squirrels were totally stuck together.
A man in Maine took nature into his own hands on Sunday when he protected this so-called “squirrel king” from a cat, trapped the squirrels in a box, and eventually freed them from their fuzzy knot.
Andrew Day, of Bangor, was visiting his parents when the critters caught his eye. He went outside to discover the four little squirrels tangled together by their tails, as well as a nearby house cat who perhaps was preparing for lunch, according to the Bangor Daily News.
“So we got the cat away,” Day told the newspaper. “And we got the squirrels sort of collectively — as a creepy squirrel pinwheel — by a tree.”
Day recorded the video above, which shows the four squirrels struggling to move as one.
Day called Bangor Animal Control, but since it was Sunday, nobody answered. He then called the Bangor police, who directed him to the local game warden. The game warden could not arrive for at least an hour, so Day took matters into his own hands.
He trapped the squirrels in a cardboard box and delicately worked to free them. Eventually, each squirrel became unattached. Once the game warden arrived, they were released to reunite with the mother squirrel.
News reports did not specify how the squirrels became tangled in the first place.
“It was like a giant dreadlock,” Day told the Bangor Daily News. “Intertwined with it was straw and twigs and there was some plastic.”