Rehabbers said they'll continue to monitor the squirrels to make sure their tails have sufficient bloodflow.
'A predicament that, without careful and quick intervention, would at the least cost each of these squirrels their very important tail (needed for balance and warmth), and likely their lives'.
It was the worst of times for five juvenile grey squirrel siblings in the U.S. state of Wisconsin when their tales became potentially fatally entangled with grass, plastic and each other.
Though a little worse for wear, the tails were successfully separated from the grass and plastic in about 20 minutes.
"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", the post read.
Five young gray squirrels became tangled in grass and plastic mama squirrel used for the nest.
The Gordian knot is part of a legend associated with Alexander the Great and has since come to be used to describe a problem situation with no clear solution.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society made a Facebook post about their unique challenge.
All of the squirrels sustained some degree of tissue damage to their tails, but the veterinarians kept snipping with scissors for about 20 minutes before the young squirrels were freed. And soon after they began to recover from anesthesia.
The agitated squirrels had to be anaesthetised before the team could help unravel them. The center is monitoring all of them for a few days for any lasting damage to their tails from the too-close encounter.