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Ravenous Flesh-Eating Fish Are Escaping from the Amazon

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Chances are you've seen at least one Piranha movie, whether it's the 1978 Roger Corman classic, or Alexandre Aja's splattery 2010 remake. But after reading this, those flicks might not seem so funny anymore... and all our male readers might want to cross their legs before moving on to the next paragraph. Remember what happened to Jerry O'Connell in Piranha 3D? Yeah, we're going there.
 
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Look at this little bro. Kinda cute, right? He's called the pacu, and he normally inhabits the Amazon river and Orinoco basin in South America – also home to his better-known cousin, the piranha. But while piranha are not at all as dangerous as depicted in movies, the pacu can be a bit more aggressive... and it turns out the species has a taste for testicles. Human testicles. Which happen to fit nicely in his hideous mouth full of very human-like teeth:
 
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Still reading? Great. Because it gets worse.
 
It turns out the pacu (which in some areas has been nicknamed "the ball-cutter") has expanded his territory lately: specimens started turning up in Papua, New Guinea not too long ago (they may have been deliberately introduced there to breed as food fish), and last month one was found in the ├śresund channel between Denmark and Sweden. According to a new report in the UK's Independent, another pacu was recently caught in France's River Seine. Although the pacu is a tropical fish, it's obviously not bothered by much colder waters, and therefore tougher than anyone expected... plus, if it can make it halfway around the world, who knows where it will turn up next. Oh yeah, and it's huge too – sometimes measuring three feet long and weighing up to 25 pounds.
 
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So guys, next time your date invites you to go skinny-dipping... just say no. You'll thank us later.
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