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Carnivorous fish attack: Victims lose fingers and toes bathing in river

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A carnivorous fish attack injured 70 people who were in an Argentine river Thursday. A number of fish bit some people so badly, that they lost fingers and toes. ABC News reports Dec. 26 that his mostly happened to the children, which were seven of out of the 70 people attacked.

Turns out the carnivorous fish attack was the result of a large school of palometas swimming in the water. They are described as "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."

The incident occurred at Rosario's Parana River where thousands of swimmers were cooling off from scorching temperatures. Several swimmers noticed bite marks and witnesses noticed bathers bleeding as they got out of the water. Some of the children had entire toes and fingers missing, according to a paramedic who worked on the scene.

The beach was temporarily closed following the attacks. It is believed that the fish were attracted to some food fisherman accidentally left behind. Turns out the swimmers were not purposely attacked, but happened to be where the flesh-eating fish were at the time.

It is rare that a carnivorous fish attack is projected onto humans unless it is a shark attack of some sort. Luckily no one was actually killed in this instance. Losing toes and fingers is bad enough!

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