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Biting Fish, Relatives of Piranha, Attack More Than 70 in Argentina

Image: Biting Fish, Relatives of Piranha, Attack More Than 70 in Argentina A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina, Dec. 25, 2013.

Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 06:48 PM

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More than 70 people were injured by a swam of biting fish that attacked on Christmas in Argentina at a popular beach, Reuters reported.

A 7-year-old girl had her finger partially amputated and dozens more suffered bite wounds on their extremities from the fish, a relative of the piranha called "palometas," said Federico Cornier, the director of emergency services in the city of Rosario.

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"This is not normal," Cornier said on television. "It's normal for there to be an isolated bite or injury, but the magnitude in this case was great ... this is an exceptional event."

The attack happened off the popular beaches of the Parana River near Rosario, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Buenos Aires, where many Argentines were seeking relief from a heat wave over the holiday.

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