Piranha in fountain attacks boy

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A 14-year old boy has been attacked by a piranha while playing in a public fountain in Hong Kong.

According to Reuters, the boy was taken to hospital and is said to be in a stable condition after receiving bites to his fingers.

The fountain was subsequently drained by estate management staff who found three tropical fish, including "two rare breed piranhas", which Reuters says can "devour whole cows when hunting in packs".

Signs have been erected around the fountain warning the public not to release fish into the water.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department told The Standard newspaper: "Pet owners should be considerate and should not abandon pets without due care."

Earlier this year, a piranha was released into an aquarium touchpool.