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Michigan Woman Catches Testicle Eating Piranha

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A pecker-eating piranha was discovered in Michigan earlier this week. According to reports, Holley Luft was fishing at Lake St. Clair when she snagged an unsuspecting catch — a two-pound red-bellied pacu, which is a cousin to the vicious piranha.

Wildlife officials say this fish is native to the waters of South America, where it can get up to 55 pounds. They believe a pet owner, who may or may not have been victimized by the fish’s bite, likely dumped the fish to get rid of it.

The red-bellied pacu, which has earned the nickname “Ball Cutter”, is often feared because it is known for its gnawing appetite for human testicles. In 2011, a pacu was blamed for the death of two Papau New Guinea men, when it reportedly decided to have their wieners for lunch.

“When it first came up, I’m like, ‘Holy crap,’” Luft told Fox News “And just as I was ready to get it out of the net, my husband said ‘I think it’s a piranha.’ So I dropped the fish and when I did, the hook came out of his mouth. At first we couldn’t believe it — we were flabbergasted.”

Interestingly, this was not an isolated incident. Jim Francis, with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said a piranha is caught in the area at least once a year. “It’s not like we see them all the time, but it’s not uncommon either,” Francis told Fox News. “In most cases, we think these are incidental releases from an aquarium.”

This story reminds us of a girl some of us dated back in high school. She sort of looked like a fish… although her nickname was the Black & Decker pecker wrecker.

To see photos of the pacu click here.

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