City officials have declared a portion of the Zenmyo River off-limits after three piranhas were caught earlier this week in the city of Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture. Children are especially warned to refrain from playing in a water playground connected to the river throughout the rest of the Golden Week holiday.
Two of the fish were caught by local residents on Saturday, and the third on Monday by a different man who happened to be in the area. The three fish only measured about 10 centimeters long, roughly the size of a pack of cigarettes, and were considerably weak, and are not known to reside in colder climates. The species, Serrasalmus nattereri, are native to the Amazon River and can grow as large as 25 centimeters. Officials believe that the meat-eating fish were kept as pets, however they are unsure at this time how they ended up in the public river.
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