Friday, 19 February 2016

Piranha attacks on swimmers in Brazil leave over 50 people injured as droughts force the lethal predators to migrate to deeper waters

This week at least eight bathers were bitten by the man-eaters, known as 'white bitches'

Janet Tappin Coelho Rio de Janeiro 
Tuesday 16 February 2016

Hundreds of swimmers in Brazil are being warned to stay out of the water following a spate of attacks by shoals of deadly piranha, which has left more than 50 people injured in just over a month.

Unsuspecting tourists have had chunks of flesh bitten out of their hands and feet as drought conditions in the South American country force the lethal predators to migrate from their natural habitat to deeper waters packed with holidaymakers. 

This week at least eight bathers were bitten by the man-eaters, known as “white bitches”, the 6in-long species blamed for the attacks, on beaches in Palmas, in Tocantins State, north-east Brazil. Three children were among the casualties as people took to the waters to cool off during the hot holiday weekend. A four-year-old boy had a chunk taken out of his heel. 







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