6-Year-Old 'Devoured' by Piranhas

It's believed her actual cause of death was drowning
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2015 1:50 PM CST
6-Year-Old 'Devoured' by Piranhas
A stock photo of piranhas.   (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

A tragic story out of Brazil, where a 6-year-old who was in a canoe that capsized was set upon by piranhas and partly "devoured." It's not clear if the creatures are what killed Adrila Muniz: Local media report she may have drowned. But the BBC cites "graphic" photos taken after death that show her legs essentially void of flesh. Adrila had been in the boat with her grandmother and four other children when it overturned on Jan. 27; the grandmother was able to haul the others back into the canoe.

The Daily Mail reports that the child was vacationing with her grandparents. Local media report these wrenching lines from the grandmother: "I tried to hold onto her, but with all the other children around she slipped out of my grasp. I couldn't see her anymore when we got to the bank." (A piranha-like fish was caught in Michigan over the summer.)

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