Piranhas attack beach-goers in BrazilSeptember 27th, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Rio de Janeiro, Sept 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Dozens of beach-goers in Brazil were taken to the hospital and treated for various injuries when they were attacked by several piranhas in the last couple of months. The population of the flesh-eating fish is growing in the country and authorities say that might have caused the animals to add humans to their regular preys.
Officials have advised beach-lovers to wear protective gears before they go into the water. Piranhas do not often attack humans and they avoid coming to the shallow waters of the beach but scientists say declining food in their natural habitat has forced the animals to the beach.
The last incident happened in the coastal region of Piaui over the weekend. The region is home to high concentration of piranhas. The victims were treated at a local hospital and discharged.
A local government official explained to the local media that the piranhas attacked “because [they] do not have any natural animals they attack people at the beach.”
The incident brings to live the movie Piranha 3-D which featured flesh eating piranhas.
Authorities plan to introduce tilapias to the local food chain and they hope that it will help to bring the attack which has been going on for about two months down.
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