Surgery after pacu bites toddler

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An 18-month old girl has had surgey on her finger after it was bitten by a pacu - a type of herbivorous piranha.

According to The Scotsman, the girl was bitten at the Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World at Dobbies Garden World last week, and the fish was still attached to her finger when she pulled it out of the water.

The girl was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children where she had plastic surgery to repair the finger.

James Barnes, the Managing Director of the centre told The Scotsman: "We have around 13,000 children visiting the centre every year and this is the first time we have had an incident like this.

"The tank is raised almost a metre from the ground and we are very careful about safety, but obviously we will need to see how this incident happened, especially to such a small child, and what we need to do to prevent it happening again.

"The tank has been closed off, and I am keeping in touch with the family to let them know what we are doing."