Six students from St Paul’s High School have been arrested by the PSNI after introducing a dozen piranhas in Bessbrook pond in an attempt to help spread the species as a “prank”.
The six students, who had planned the whole affair for months after breeding specimens of the piranhas legally owned by one of them were arrested this afternoon after one of the students was conscience-stricken and touted to local authorities about the plot.
Although six specimens of red-bellied piranhas a native of the Amazon basin, were seized by police officers and the NSPCA before they were freed in Bessbrook Pond, at least a dozen have been set free warns local Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis.
Councillor Magennis told Newry Spud:
“This is highly irresponsible of them to be introducing a potentially deadly species next to such a huge population centre. This species of Piranhas spawns hundreds of eggs every two or three months. Since we are at the beginning of their spawning, a dozen piranhas could turn out to be thousands of piranhas in only a very short time.
That’s literally the end of the swan and duck populace on the pond. These little fuckers need a good kick up the hole but it is a good laugh if truth were to be towl LOL.”