Liuzhou, China thought they had a smart plan. They decided to offer a 1,000-yuan ($157) reward to every piranha caught in the Liujiang River, after two swimmers were attacked last weekend. It didn’t work.
After four days, the city was forced to shut down the program because people were killing every fish they caught in the Liujiang, and none of them were piranhas. According to CNN.com, although the bounty has been canceled, residents are still encouraged to try to catch piranha with a hook and line but not nets, Liuzhou fishery chief Wei Yongwen told China Daily.
Officials aren’t sure how the fish got in the river, but after one swimmer lost a finger, they’re trying hard to get them out. –Brian McClintock