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Is Mexican rattle pod plant toxic to cattle?

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Answered 2008-05-08 01:13:23

The rattle pod plant contains selenium among other chemicals which causes livestock (especially cows) to become addicted to the plant and ingest the plant's toxins and essentially "eat themselves to death". Many times the cattle (or other livestock) to exhibit strange behavior which is why rattle pod is also known as Locoweed.

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