This past summer I noticed a red squirrel in my yard that didn't have a tail. I thought nothing of it beyond, "Oh, he must have had a close call with something. Lost his tail, but kept his life. Lucky him." Since then I have been seeing this squirrel everywhere, and each time I say, "You, again?" Seriously, this squirrel is so present that everyone I know has heard about him and several visitors have seen him. Yesterday, I see him again. He is being chased by another squirrel and they are running around doing squirrel things when I realize that the second squirrel is also missing it's tail. What the heck? No wonder I keep seeing him everywhere- "he" is apparently "they". So then this morning, I see yet another squirrel with only half a tail. What is going on? I did some research and there was actually a study done on tail-less squirrels. There is no genetic "oops" that causes squirrels to not have tails. The condition is usually as a result of misfortune. There have randomly been incidents of squirrels being born without them (congenital defect), it is not a defect that "runs in the family". So, I am wondering why I have a bevy of tail-less squirrels suddenly? Really unlucky predators? Any opinions?