- A flesh-eating Piranha that’s native to the Amazon river has been found at a British sewage works
- The Piranha was found by a staff member of Southern Water who was carrying out checks at the West Sussex treatment works
A Piranha is discovered in a sewer system in England that caused a British water company to warn residents not to flush exotic pets down the toilet.
A native of South-America, the flesh-eating predator, which normally hunts in packs, was found by a staff member of Southern Water who was carrying out checks at the West Sussex treatment works.
The water utility company took to Twitter Wednesday and posted a picture of the piranha who was discovered dead already.
The company said the animal likely belonged to someone who flushed it down the toilet after it died.
Today's #InvasivesWeek theme is exotic pets. Be kind to pets and the environment – never release them or allow them to escape into the wild. Look who turned up at our #Chichester works to mark the day! pic.twitter.com/dYgfa8RQTx
— Southern Water (@SouthernWater) March 28, 2018
“Be kind to pets and the environment – never release them or allow them to escape into the wild,” the company tweeted with an image of the fish
“Obviously someone who owns exotic animals must have flushed it down the toilet, I don’t think it managed to migrate all this way,” Southern Water spokeswoman Nicola Crichton told the Telegraph.
“People will flush anything down their toilets, we once found a bed sheet at the waterworks, and find all sorts of strange things.”