Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler's fingertip

Pet piranha bites off Illinois toddler's fingertip

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A Picture taken on September 29, 2010 shows Red-Bellied piranha inside the aquarium of the Dubai Mall. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 23 at 10:58 AM

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 (http://trib.in/NldQUB ) 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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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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