Horses Killed By Cyanide
The first autopsy results on some of the over 500 miscarried thoroughbred fetuses in Kentucky have revealed features characteristic of cyanide poisoning. Cyanide causes victims to gasp for air, and Len Harrison, of the University of Kentucky, says that the foals? bodies and lungs were covered in small lesions, as if they struggled and attempted to breathe in the womb.
Researchers had been investigating a toxic fungus that mimics estrogen and which might have been present in the grass on which the foals? mothers were grazing. But Harrison has announced that a sample of Eastern Tent Caterpillars that live near the pastures has tested positive for Cyanide.