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No Piranha in Modesto Lake

The fanged fish found in a Modesto lake last week are pacu, not piranha. Four of the fruit- and nut-eating
piranha look-alikes were hooked last Tuesday by a 12-year-old boy.

After word of the catches became public, officials posted signs and yellow tape
around the lake warning people to stay away. Pacu do not pose a threat to humans.