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At the end of summer, things can get a little run down… a little past prime. The goldenrod is browning; leaves have long since lost their spring green; and there are brown stalks where day lilies once bloomed.
For one juvenile mallard duck, an end-of-summer occurrence brought him to VINS Wildlife Services with a case of avian botulism. When August heats up the environment, decomposing vegetation becomes the perfect spot for the botulism bacteria to grow, according to the U.S. Geological Services’ web site. Vegetation found in and around the edges of waterbodies can rot and carry botulism, which produces toxins. Ducks and other waterfowl can directly ingest such toxins by eating this vegetation.
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