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Q.Could Buried Pets Contaminate Apple Tree?

Zone Scotland | Anonymous added on April 29, 2021 | Answered

I have 2 pet rabbits buried very close to an Apple tree. Is it safe to ear the apples? Could the rabbits contaminate the plants nearby?

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Answered on May 4, 2021

In many areas it's illegal to bury pets in the backyard. I can't find any reputable source that says it's OK to eat fruit from a nearby tree. If the rabbits died of disease or were euthanized, it may be of concern. If they died naturally, it is likely fine. You may want to consult a local agricultural group or university. Even a veterinarian might know.

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