MAINE TOWNSHIP, Ill. – Reports are that last week an 18-month-old girl in Illinois lost a fingertip to the family’s pet piranha.
The girl’s mother said she heard her daughter crying and found her with a bleeding finger that was missing the tip. At first she thought the family’s pit bull may have been the culprit, because you know, it’s a pit bull.She would learn this was not the case after 911 was called and the girl was rushed to the hospital.
The doctor who examined the girl said her injury could not have come from the 65-pound dog, but the culprit could have been one of the two piranhas swimming in a tank near where the girl had been playing. Authorities called the girl’s father, who was still at home, and informed them of their suspicions.
Without hesitation, the father plunged his hand in the tank, snagged one of the fish and cut it open. There, inside the piranha, was his daughter’s missing fingertip. The upset father delivered the piece to the doctors, who attempted to re-attach it to his daughter. No word on if the procedure was successful.
No charges have been filed against the parents, and it’s not likely any ever will be.
“The parents are truly distraught and freaked out by the incident,” said Frank Bilecki, a spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “They appear to be good parents in an unfortunate situation.”
I know some of you are wondering, but no, piranhas are not illegal to sell in Illinois. In fact, it is legal to purchase piranha in about 25 states in the US. They were not legal in North Carolina, where I once managed some pet stores, but that didn’t stop anyone from owning them.
I wasn’t a big fan of the fish because tank raised piranha, especially just one or two of them, were quite shy and boring and I’ve never heard of anyone being severely injured by one. However, like all other pet store fish, piranha learn that food comes from the the small child’s finger–the top of the tank . They’ve also learned, after being tested on for all these years, how to do a lot of other things…Tags: Accident, bite, Crime, Illinois, piranha, Weird News