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70 People Injured After Piranha Attack in Argentina

Dozens Injured In Rare Mass Piranha Attack In Argentina

An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

He blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."

Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.

Officials added the heatwave was partially responsible for why the fish congregated on the river's surface.

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norbacuna December 27 2013 at 9:28 AM

Ignorance always succeeds, specially parents!

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Scooter December 27 2013 at 10:01 AM

There's something fishy about this story...

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guitarisit December 27 2013 at 10:44 AM

Well, I guess when you swim in the Parana River you better watch out for the Pirahna's...... just sayi

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slanted mofo guitarisit December 27 2013 at 11:18 AM

You say that as if "Parana" is pronounced the same or has anything to do with a type of fish...just sayin!

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randy822 December 27 2013 at 10:08 AM

I thought that only happened in the movies!

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nnflfan December 27 2013 at 10:20 AM

good place for us men to NOT go nude swimming.

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BOB December 27 2013 at 10:22 AM

Sure wouldn't want to skinney dip there.

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Sukeycat BOB December 27 2013 at 10:42 AM

LOL....The early Piranha gets the "small worm".

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heilmanlynn December 27 2013 at 10:42 AM

its not too surprising. jeremy wade did 2 (or more) river monster eps about pirahna. in the first he went swimming with a whole school and didnt get bit cause pirahna dont attack live humans for food. (movies not withstanding. lol) another episode he investigated a report about a pirahna attack that lead to death and had it proved true because the pirahnas natural food source in the area where it happened is diminishing and they were hungry. man eating pirahnas are no longer a myth.

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ahnree December 27 2013 at 6:43 PM

Stop the dang videos already. i can't read this aol crap anymore!!! every pages has stupid auto play video ads, ads, ads, ads. don't you hire writers. pure garbage.

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marcrwhitman December 27 2013 at 10:47 AM

That really bites!!!!!!!!

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Rob December 27 2013 at 10:56 AM

Bad piranha bad!!!!!

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