Five baby squirrels tied together by their tails rescued after being found.

Five infant squirrels have been rescued after being found tied together by their tails.

The entanglement is thought to have happened by chance with the giant knot forming as the young greys moved about their nest and each other.

Grass, twigs, and bits of plastic had also become interwoven into the entanglement.

A member of the public discovered the bizarre scene in Wisconsin, in the US, on Wednesday, and took them to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the state’s Humane Society – where vets worked to get them free.

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

With the animals out cold, vets spent 20 minutes unraveling what they called a “Gordian knot” of squirrel and nest material.

“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 center wrote.

But once loose, it said, the squirrels were left apparently unaffected by the tangle.
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Gorgeous Animals With Unique Markings

The animals below have some of the coolest, most unique,  markings I’ve ever seen on animals. Some of these guys are pets. Some are wild animals, out there in the jungle or the desert flaunting their stylish markings for the world to see.

Heart Eyes


Look at this precious Dalmatian with perfect little hearts around both of his eyes!

Eyebrows


This pup has some bold and brash eyebrows, which is awesome because they are totally in style.

Mustachioed


This handsome mustachioed fella is Hamilton the Hipster Cat. That’s right. He has his own Facebook page and everything.

Inky feet


This dog looks like he waded through a vat of black ink! But his markings are totally natural.

Baby Cow


The most amazing thing about this young calf that clearly has the number “7” on its face is that his siblings all have 1-6.

Tiny top hat


First of all, this kitten is ridiculous. It has this perfectly round face and giant eyes, but on top of that, it’s got this little black marking that looks just like a top hat!

Smile dog


This little pup resembles a certain Batman villain…

Halfsies


You might think this was two different parakeets if you just saw this bird’s profiles. This parakeet is chimeric, which means it has a mixture of different genetic tissues that come from two fertilized eggs that fused together in the womb.

Pink katydid


This bright pink katydid isn’t painted. This color can occur naturally in animals due to a condition called Erythrism.

Trippy Turtle

Look at this gorgeous creature! This turtle is leucistic, which is a condition in animals where they don’t have pigmentation in certain areas on their body but still have color in some places.

Dick the Dog


I think it’s pretty clear what this very unique marking on the back of this Jack Russell terrier looks like.

Two faced


Not only does this cat have a perfect line down the middle of its face, but its eyes are two different colors as well! Amazing.

Oh, deer!


Look at this precious baby deer! If I saw this little one in the wild, I would try to feed it berries from my hand.

Crazy Toad


This is a very rare, endangered species of toad from Costa Rica.

A star is born

This pretty pup with a star on her back is a Beagle/Cocker Spaniel mix named Regal Ruby Rose. You can follow her adventures on Instagram, and you probably should.

Last but not least, this little puppy with a heart on its back.

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A Captive Dolphin Teaches ” Tail-Walking” To Other Dolphins In The Wild

We all know dolphins can learn all sorts of tricks when they’re in captivity.

But a new study has shown how they go on to teach tricks to each other in the wild, like ‘walking on water’.

The 30-year study, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation with the universities of St Andrews and Exeter, looked at how the trick was learned by a single dolphin then copied by peers in the wild.

And then – like a human fad – the skill dies out, according to the research, which is published in the Royal Society’s ‘Biology Letters’.

According to the research, ‘tail walking’ rarely occurs in the wild but is standard in most routines taught to dolphins in captivity.

The study focused on Billie, one of the dolphins in WDC’s adoption programme, who was rescued from a polluted creek in January 1988, spending several weeks in a dolphinarium before being released back into the wild.

Billie appears to have learned tail walking by watching performing dolphins, continuing to do the trick when back in the wild.

Apparently soon after other dolphins in Billie’s local community began copying her behavior and by 2011 nine dolphins had been observed tail walking in the wild.

Despite the initial fad, after 2011 the number of dolphins tail walking in the wild declined with the most prolific tail walker dying in 2014, leaving only two but even they only performed the trick sporadically.

Lead author of the paper, WDC’s Dr. Mike Bossley, said it was only because he had been studying the Adelaide dolphins for more than 30 years that the significance of tail walking was recognized.

“I knew Billie’s history and was able to track her behavior and that of the other dolphins in the community over an extended period,” he said. “This enabled me to observe tail walking spread through the community and then its eventual fade away.”

University of St Andrews researcher Dr. Luke Rendell, a co-author who specializes on researching whale and dolphin cultural behavior, said: “Once again we see the power of being able to study cetaceans over extended periods that mean something given their lifespans. Dr. Bossley’s long-term commitment has afforded us a revealing insight into the potential social role of imitation in dolphin communities.”
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