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    Hi TSB,

    UdoWhat received some information from a large rehab center that she thought was vital to pass on to the Squirrel Board.

    This center overwinters between 60 to 120 squirrels. This winter they lost approx a dozen and a half squirrels. Symptoms were: rear end paralysis, labored breathing, lethargy, and death. Big kudos to this center for tireless and expensive effort to find out what happened.

    Cardiac and pulmonary edema along with GI shutdown caused the death and it was determined that it was selenium toxicity that produced these symptoms. It turns out that Brazil nuts have large amounts of selenium. The center orders 800 to 900 pounds of mixed nut each winter and the director of the center believes that some squirrels cached the brazil nuts and ate too many or were given too many of that type of nut.

    Again, we thought it important to pass this along.

    Yours in squirrels,

    Trysh

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    Default Re: Brazil nuts can kill

    Thank you SO much for posting this.
    I will make this a sticky.

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    Yes, THANK YOU redwuff! I don't feed these to my fuzzers, but I know some who have asked me about them.
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    Thanks so much for that information, RedWuff!! I, too, buy mixed nuts and give my gang some Brazil nuts. I will put a stop to that immediately!!

    Thanks again for the important heads up!!

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    Wow, thank you for posting this!!! I do feed them, but not a lot.
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    Thank you Trysh -- I don't feed Brazil nuts to my squirrels and even though I keep them for myself, I make sure never to eat more than 2 per day. I remember reading about selenium poisoning somewhere, as it is dangerous for humans as well. Thank you for posting this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Lynn View Post
    Thanks so much for that information, RedWuff!! I, too, buy mixed nuts and give my gang some Brazil nuts. I will put a stop to that immediately!!

    Thanks again for the important heads up!!

    I have bought Annie mixed nuts without thinking. Thank God for this site!!!

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    Default Re: Brazil nuts can kill

    http://www.nutsite.com/

    This site has mixed nuts with the option to leave out Brazil nuts.

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