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Re: May apple leaves cause a 3 week old swan
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 6 May 2015

Hi Kathleen

There are many reasons for the death of such young swans including, disease, infection, poison, injury etc. However, if you saw the cygnets eat the May Apple leaf and then they became sick and died, it is more than probable that is what caused their death.

May Apple is extremely poisonous, especially the roots and unripened fruit. As toxic as this plant is to animals and humans, once the fruit ripens then it is edible. The Regal Swan

Messages In This Thread

May apple leaves cause a 3 week old swan's death? -- Kathleen -- 5 May 2015
Re: May apple leaves cause a 3 week old swan -- The Regal Swan -- 6 May 2015