Unlike the real thing, marshmallow chicks don't carry salmonella.

Adorable spring animals are not a great choice for Easter baskets, writes veterinarian Michael Watts. Live poultry could carry salmonella, a bacteria that can cause serious illness in people, Instead, opt for chocolate or toy animals, Dr. Watts recommends. Dr. Watts also addresses a reader's question regarding how to handle a fledgling bird, warning that the fluttering fowl doesn't need human help.

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