MICHIGAN CITY-- Five baby squirrels are lucky to be alive after they were found stuck in a storm drain with their tails tangled.
Michigan City Animal Control says it's not a criminal case because they believe it happened naturally.
The department doesn't usually deal with wildlife, but the responding officer felt compelled to help the baby squirrels.
Joshua Phillips says, "It was like a puzzle. I pushed them through one hole, and then another squirrel would come through another hole."
He is an animal control officer for Michigan City.
Phillips could see the baby squirrels were scared.
He was able to free the squirrels from the grate, but their tails were still tied together.
He tried getting them untangled, but it wouldn't work.
At one point, the baby squirrels were at risk of being euthanized, but Phillips wasn't ready to give up.
Once the animals were sedated, he tried one more time and was able to get their tails apart.