That adorable fuzzy tail, when combined with pine sap, can be a horrifying appendage.
Last year, a “squirrel king” made news in Canada. Six squirrels became entangled by their tails, moving about as a group. Of course, this scenario is less than ideal for squirrels and would probably result in their deaths. Thankfully, a veterinarian in Saskatchewan separated the group (see picture).
While “squirrel kings” are rare, “rat kings” are slightly more common in Europe where the name originated. The largest “rat king” consisted of 32 rats! Apparently, the animals can live for quite some time in this state (x-rays reveal healed breaks in the tail bones).