Piranha attacks leave 70 injured in Argentina
Friday, December 27, 2013, 11:27 AM -
More than 70 people were left injured after being attacked by piranha-lie fish in Argentina on Christmas Day.
Residents of the city of Rosario were trying to cool off during a 40 ºC afternoon when a school of "palometas," native fish very similar to the more popular piranhas began biting them and forcing them out of the Parana River.
Dozens of people, many of them kids between 3 and 15 years old, had toes and fingers bitten off and had to be helped by paramedics at the scene before being transported to nearby hospitals.
Officials have put nets in the river and have asked residents to stay away from the water. However, only thirty minutes after the attack many had returned to the river.
The heat wave hitting Argentina is being considered as a possible explanation for the attack. When the water begins to warm up, the native fish begin to approach the shore to find food. At the time of the attack there were thousands of people in the river.