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Acorns

Animals that make the acorn an important part of their diet include birds, such as jays, pigeons, some ducks, and several species of woodpeckers. Small mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels and several other rodents. Different large mammals as pigs, bears, and deer also consume large amounts of acorns. Acorns may constitute up to 25% of the diet of deer in the autumn. In some of the large oak forests in southwest Europe, traditionally called "dehesas", pigs are still turned loose in oak groves in the autumn, to fill and fatten themselves on acorns. However, acorns are toxic to some other animals, such as horses. If your horse has an oak tree in its pasture then your should either have it removed or monitor closely to make sure that your horse doesn't eat any acorns.

Acorns from an oak tree.

   

 

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