Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler's fingertip

Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler's fingertip

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: Red-bellied Piranha swim in their tank in the living rainforest enclosure at ZSL London Zoo on March 25, 2010 in London, England. Entitled 'Rainforest Life' the large temperature and humidity controlled bio-dome is home to free-roaming monkeys, sloths, tree anteaters and tropical birds. The exhibit, which is opening in the International Year of Biodiversity, will be open to the public from March 27, 2010. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 1:55 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago-area parents thought their pit bull was to blame when they heard their 18-month-old daughter crying and discovered one of her fingertips had been severed.

Turns out, the culprit was a piranha the family kept in an aquarium.

Doctors determined the bite wasn't from a dog after the girl was rushed to a hospital by ambulance Tuesday night.

Cook County Sheriff's Department spokesman Frank Bilecki tells the Chicago Tribune the girl's father cut open one of two piranhas and found the fingertip. He says doctors tried to reattach the fingertip, but he didn't know if they were successful.

He didn't immediately respond to messages left Saturday by The Associated Press, and a hospital spokesman couldn't provide the information.

Bilecki says the parents were distraught and aren't facing charges.

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