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Chinese City Government Offers Bounty on Piranhas, So Online Retailers Begin Selling Piranhas to Locals

Here's your heartwarming story for the day: piranhas are plaguing the waterways near the Chinese city of Liuzhou. So the local government placed a bounty on them, offering 1,000 yuan--that's about $160 USD--for each captured piranha. Guess what happened next:

The local government of Liuzhou in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has ended its hunt for rogue piranha fish after offering a reward which attracted thousands of hopeful fishers to local rivers. The quest to capture the troublesome fish — whose presence in the river is unexplained — has become farcical, with online retailers offering to sell and deliver piranhas to the region for 12 yuan (US$1.80) apiece. [...]

Ads offering to sell piranhas proliferated meanwhile on Taobao, China's leading online trading platform, with one vendor offering express delivery of piranhas for US$1.80 per fish from Ningbo in the coastal province of Zhejiang — some 1,600 kilometers from Liuzhou, according to state broadcaster China National Radio.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo (unrelated) via marcelometal


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