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17 Jun 2010

UK: Surprised London angler catches piranha in British pond

LONDON (AP) — An angler fishing in a British pond got a nasty surprise when his line came back with a thrashing piranha on the end. Derek Plum caught the flesh-eating fish at a pond in Kent, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of London — and thousands of miles away from the piranha's usual home in the Amazon. The fish was left to die by the angler and later identified as a red-bellied piranha, which eats other fish, insects and worms. It was left to die by the angler. The Environment Agency said Thursday the sharp-toothed predator was likely dumped by a pet owner who found it too large for its tank. The agency says exotic pet owners should refrain from releasing nonnative ...

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