Four bathers were killed and nearly 20 injured in a series of devastating piranha attacks.
A string of piranha attacks in recent days has sparked concern in Paraguay, killing four bathers and injuring more than 20 others, with the fish being unusually aggressive.
In Paraguay, a spate of deadly piranha attacks has claimed the lives of four bathers and injured more than 20.
On January 2, a 22-year-old man died after being bitten by predators while swimming in the Paraguay river in Itá Enramada, south of the capital Asuncion.
His relatives noticed him go from view and called the police, resulting in a 45-minute search before his badly bitten body was discovered.
There have been multiple attacks in the region despite the fact that piranhas are not known to be aggressive.
A 49-year-old man was also slain in the Paraguay river, near the town of Puerto Rosario, and his body was discovered with bite wounds after he had gone missing for several hours.
His forensic exams revealed that he had most likely been attacked by piranhas in the water who had targeted his face during the attack.
Then, according to La Nacion, two persons were killed in the Tebicuary river near Villa Florida in Misiones, and their bodies were discovered with piranha bites on them.
Multiple other reports of swimmers being bitten have also been received, with more than seven being recorded on New Year’s Day alone on the beach at the Bella Vista swimming club in Itapoua.
Manager Adrian Cardoza stated that the club is considering utilizing chemicals to put in the water to keep the piranhas away from the facility.
Piranhas can lurk in rivers beneath floating vegetation before attacking people, according to biologist Julio Javier Capli.
He stated that they are most likely to attack during the breeding season, but that they will also attack in hot weather when the water level in rivers is low.
Piranhas usually travel in groups, and the male piranha is the one who strikes to protect his offspring. They usually bite underwater, and the predator does not jump like in horror movies.
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