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Boy Lands Piranha in Maryland Pond

May 13, 1993

BOWIE, Md. (AP) _ A boy testing his new fishing rod landed an unexpected catch, an 11-inch piranha, the South American, flesh-eating fish.

Since 8-year-old Michael McManus caught the fish Saturday, state Department of Natural Resources officials have received five other unconfirmed reports of piranha in the 5-acre Prince George’s County pond.

DNR officials planned to electrically stun fish in the pond to see if any other piranhas were present, spokesman John Verrico said.

Verrico suspects that Michael’s catch was a discarded aquarium pet.

Swimming in the pond is prohibited. In any event, Verrico said, the piranha probably posed no human danger because only a large school of the razor- toothed fish would prey on anything as large as a human.

″Of course, that doesn’t mean I’d go skinny dipping in there tonight,″ he said.

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