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Pet piranha bites off toddler's fingertip
Fox News Chicago ^ | June 22, 2012 | Fox News Chicago

Posted on 06/22/2012 1:54:00 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Pet piranha bites off toddler's fingertip

Piranha

MAINE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - When a northwest suburban mother discovered her 18-month-old daughter's finger had been bitten, she assumed the family pit bull was responsible.

But Cook County sheriff's police said the culprit was actually another household pet: a piranha, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Police said one of the child's fingertips was bitten off on the night of June 19 inside the family's home in the Bay Colony subdivision in unincorporated Maine Township.

Police said the child's mother reported she heard her daughter crying and noticed the toddler's finger was bleeding, the fingertip missing.

The mother believed the family's pit bull had bitten the child, but further investigation by police determined the piranhas, swimming in a fish tank near where the child had been playing, may have been responsible.

Police said the child's father cut open one of the piranhas, and the piece of his daughter's finger was recovered from the fish.

The child and the severed part of her finger were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said she could not disclose information about the child's treatment, including whether doctors were able to reattach her fingertip.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxchicago.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: badparenting; exoticpets; familypets; fish; householdpet; hungryfish; illinois; parenting; piraa; piranha; recipefordisaster
Well ... if you call your piranhas "pets" and keep them nearby where children play then somebody is liable to get their fingernails trimmed.
1 posted on 06/22/2012 1:54:10 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

What kind of morons do we have for parents these days?


2 posted on 06/22/2012 1:55:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER
Pit bulls and prianhas as "family pets?"

I just don't get it, I guess. Why not add some cheetahs, rattlesnakes, cobras and scorpions just to round out the fun.

3 posted on 06/22/2012 1:59:00 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: dfwgator

What does one name a pet piranha? (Notice they first blamed their pet pit bull.)


4 posted on 06/22/2012 1:59:17 PM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: dfwgator

“What kind of morons do we have for parents these days?”

Millions of them.


5 posted on 06/22/2012 1:59:27 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: DogByte6RER

A pitbull AND a piranha AND a toddler in the house?


6 posted on 06/22/2012 2:00:37 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: DogByte6RER; mickie
The knucklehead mother tried to finger the pit bull but the cops nailed the piranha as the felon.

Leni

7 posted on 06/22/2012 2:00:40 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: DogByte6RER

My dad always had fish when we were growing up but the bitey ones were out of reach.

Personally I prefer Oscars and Jack Dempseys.


8 posted on 06/22/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought piranhas were verboten to import or keep.
I’ve seen a similar fish in the stores that looks very much like piranhas but isn’t dangerous.


9 posted on 06/22/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: MinuteGal

Good one! Lol!


10 posted on 06/22/2012 2:02:03 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: DogByte6RER

Sometimes a toddler will actually grow the tip of their finger back. I hope that happens this time or that they were able to re-attach it.


11 posted on 06/22/2012 2:02:55 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: zerosix
of course; you can't forget the calming effects of a (toothy :) Komodo Dragon. :-D

12 posted on 06/22/2012 2:03:31 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes! Cichlids are great home aquarium fish. I used to have a large tank with Tiger Oscars and a Jack Dempsey. They were very smart and exhibited lots of personality ... for fish.


13 posted on 06/22/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

I’ve had a very large pet Oscar jump out of the water and bite onto my finger one time,,, startled me to say the least....
I beleive I deserved it too.


14 posted on 06/22/2012 2:06:43 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: DogByte6RER

Probably one of those big city sophisticated progressive parents that can totally out think us mere mortals. Looks like the only one with any sense was the toddler who pulled its hand out of the water when bitten. Betcha the big city sophisticated progressive intellectuals don’t get rid of the fish or dog, will probably buy a snake now. Remember, “you can’t out-stupid a progressive”!


15 posted on 06/22/2012 2:08:33 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: ari-freedom

Yup. I guess lobotomies are free in Illinois.


16 posted on 06/22/2012 2:08:40 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: DogByte6RER

1. Idiot with a “pet” pirahna?

2. Idiot with a pit bull and an 18 month kid? That kid will be as good as dead.

3. Mom can’t tell the difference between pirahna bite and pit bull bite? THE DAMN PIT BULL WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED AT A FINGERTIP, EINSTEIN!!!!

God we have such morons alive today. Seriously. Makes me think we need to have compentency tests before people mate. I would truly not want it but it gets me that frustrated. That poor kid is going to be in another story soon where the dog that’s always been great snaps and kills that little child.


17 posted on 06/22/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


18 posted on 06/22/2012 2:08:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: zerosix

“Why not add some cheetahs, rattlesnakes, cobras and scorpions just to round out the fun.”

Don’t give those morons/idiots any more ideas! They’ll actually do it!


19 posted on 06/22/2012 2:10:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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Say Ahhhhhh......
20 posted on 06/22/2012 2:11:35 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

How did the dad know which fish to gut to find the finger?


21 posted on 06/22/2012 2:15:40 PM PDT by Cailleach
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To: Vinnie
"I thought piranhas were verboten to import or keep."

AFAIK, it's set by state. They're illegal in all the gulf coast states, but I believe you can still get them up north...

22 posted on 06/22/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: DogByte6RER
It sounds like a house from Gary Larson's nightmares. I guess they kept the alligators locked in the bathroom so they couldn't be to blame.


23 posted on 06/22/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Vinnie
Piranha Laws by State
24 posted on 06/22/2012 2:17:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Cailleach

Hmmmmmm ... I would have picked out the fish with the full belly.


25 posted on 06/22/2012 2:22:56 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Joe 6-pack

They’re legal to buy here in Michigan. They will survive a Michigan winter in the wild but they need warm water to breed. Every so often one will be caught by a fisherman.


26 posted on 06/22/2012 2:23:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER

so....this woman is raising a toddler in a home filled with piranhas and pit bulls?

On the bright side, at least we know the kid is now sleeping in a crib that has been certified safe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission...


27 posted on 06/22/2012 2:32:19 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek
They’re legal to buy here in Michigan.

but ferrets aren't....'splain that to me....
28 posted on 06/22/2012 2:34:18 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Twinkie
What does one name a pet piranha?

Minijaws, Toothfairy, Nibbler, Sampler, Dontpetme, Yourebait. Crunchtime, Garbagedisposal, Langolier...

You did ask.

29 posted on 06/22/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: DogByte6RER


30 posted on 06/22/2012 3:12:31 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks. Thought it was a federal law.


31 posted on 06/22/2012 3:14:43 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: MinuteGal

Found only after putting out a dragnet.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 3:15:38 PM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: BitWielder1

I had 3 Piranha growing up, one lived to be 10 or so...his name was Flash:o)


33 posted on 06/22/2012 3:43:31 PM PDT by TheGunny
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To: Secret Agent Man

every time a family friends child was near my pit bull named havoc he would yelp. i finally realized what this three yr old was doing. he was grabbing then squeezing his balls. havoc never even growled at kid. just cried. amazing!


34 posted on 06/22/2012 4:05:54 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

If you could grab that kids’ balls once he wouldn’t do that again. Sometimes experiential learning works best.


35 posted on 06/22/2012 5:17:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: zerosix

I’m sure that they have a snake. It would be the rattler that the kid plays with.


36 posted on 06/22/2012 6:23:16 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: ├čudda├čudd

One of my Oscar’s went through a phase were’d he bite me every time I’d clean his tank. It didn’t hurt, he couldn’t get his mouth around my arm flesh and wasn’t clever enough to go for the fingers. He’s grown out of it by now.


37 posted on 06/22/2012 6:54:13 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: DogByte6RER

Would it be in bad taste to make a joke about finger food?


38 posted on 06/22/2012 7:45:42 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: zerosix

“Pit bulls and prianhas as “family pets?”
I just don’t get it, I guess.”

These are “ghetto status animals”.

Not much more need be said.


39 posted on 06/22/2012 7:46:09 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Twinkie

Michelle.


40 posted on 06/22/2012 8:47:23 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Slings and Arrows

If you were a piranha, it would be good taste to bring up the subject of finger food.


41 posted on 06/23/2012 7:03:02 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Michelle”

Perfect.


42 posted on 06/23/2012 8:48:02 AM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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