6-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Eaten by Piranhas When Her Grandmother’s Canoe Capsized During a Family Holiday in Brazil

by Cassy Fiano | February 4, 2015 3:00 pm

What should have been a fun holiday trip for a family turned into a nightmare. A six-year-old girl was canoeing with her family in Brazil and fell into the water, where she died after being eaten alive by piranhas.


A six-year-old girl has died after she was eaten by piranhas when her canoe capsized in Brazil.

The girl had been on a family holiday with her grandmother and other children when she fell into the water in Rio Maicuru in Monte Alegre.

By the time she was pulled from the water, the killer fish had stripped all the flesh from her legs.

Her grandmother was quoted by local media as saying: ‘I tried to hold onto her, but with all the other children around she slipped out of my grasp.

‘I couldn’t see her any more when we got to the bank.’

She raised the alarm with locals but by the time the girl’s body had been recovered she had been partly devoured, according to Brazilian media including Globo, Ariquemes Agora and A noticia Mais.

This story is truly a tragedy, but it does bring some questions to mind. Question number one would certainly be why this child’s grandmother thought it would be a good idea to take a group of children in a canoe onto a river that was infested with flesh-eating piranhas

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