Piranhas in the Klongs

As world weird news headlines are filled with the stories of piranhas in the klongs (Deadly piranhas may have been released into Thai waters, AFP, May 31, 2004), it should be noted that twice in the recent past paranoia about piranhas living in the canals became a short national mania and even threatened the stability of the government. This happened both in the 1980s and mid-1990s.
This time, however, there are real reasons to believe piranhas might have been released into the wild since the government is cracking down on the wildlife trade in the runup to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) conference in October.
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