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Watch As Ravenous Piranhas Go Into In A ‘Feeding Frenzy’…It Ain’t A Pretty Sight That’s For Sure

As you will see in the video below, a poor unlucky young bird has learned the hard way, exactly what it is that piranhas do for a living. This is what life is like in one of the most unforgiving and dangerous places on the planet. Mistakes are seldom made, but they’re only made once and nature is a most unforgiving mistress. But, life and death are all a part of existence in the Amazon region in South America.

In this particular video, a hungry school of Red Belly Piranhas get a quick and easy meal, when a young Great White Egret who hasn’t learned to fly, falls from his nest. Sadly, the young Egret doesn’t get a second chance and the voracious piranhas make short work of him. This is how nature works, there are very few happy endings in a real life situation, especially in the Amazon.

Regarding the Red Bellied Piranha according to Wikipedia:

“The red-bellied piranha has a popular reputation as a ferocious predator, despite being primarily a scavenger. As their name suggests, red-bellied piranhas have a reddish tinge to the belly when fully grown, although juveniles are a silver color with darker spots. The largest measured individuals were around 50 centimetres (20 in) in length and weighed around 3.9 kilograms (8.6 lb). The rest of the body is often grey with silver-flecked scales. Sometimes, blackish spots appear behind the gills and the anal fin is usually black at the base. The pectoral and pelvic fins may vary from red to orange. Females can be distinguished from males by the slightly deeper red color of their bellies. The typical diet of red-bellied piranhas includes insects, worms, crustaceans, and fish. In packs up to hundreds, piranhas have been known to feed on animals as large as egrets or capybara.”


H/T – Wikipedia



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