June 24, 2012

Toddler's Finger Bitten Off By Family's Pet Piranha

Main Township, Illinois (The Weekly Vice) - An 18-month-old toddler in Main Township, Illinois won't likely be a fan of fish tanks after the little girl had part of her finger bitten off by the family's pet piranha Tuesday night.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the little girl's cries alerted her mother who rushed in to discover the child's hand bleeding and part of her finger missing.

At first, deputies thought the family pit bull was to blame - however when the child arrived at the emergency room, doctors informed the family that the injury was not the result of a dog bite.

Investigators called the father, who was still at home, and informed him of the news. The father cut open one of the piranhas and found part of the child's finger inside. The finger was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital where the child was being treated.

Hospital officials would not release details about the child's treatment, including whether doctors were able to reattach the her finger.

Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Frank Bilecki, stated that the child's parents were distraught over the incident and aren't facing charges.

It was later determined that the child had been playing in a room that contained an aquarium, but it is not known how the child got her hand into the water.

The most common type of pet piranha sold at pet stores is the Red Belly Piranha. The video below shows a Red Belly Piranha eating a mouse that has been dropped into an aquarium.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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