A testicle-eating fish known as a pacu is swimming the waters of Lake Lou Yaeger in Illinois. This fish is something all men in the area are fearing since a 55-pound pacu has reportedly seared off testicles of two fishermen in Papua New Guinea back in 2011, which killed them.
In New Guinea, the pacu is also known as the “ball cutter.”
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources determined on June 7 that a pacu had, indeed, been occupying Lake Lou Yaeger. A few weeks later one more was discovered.
Pacus fish dine primarily on nuts, aquatic vegetation, and snails. Obviously eating nuts means another type in this case.
It’s possible the fishermen in New Guinea who died from having their testicles bitten off by the fish was a freak incident. All it takes is one or two to give it a bad reputation.
When the fishermen fell victim to the pacu’s attack, they lost a significant amount of blood from having their testicles eaten off, which resulted in death.
Pacus are native to the Amazon Basin, but in the 1990s some were released into the open waters in an effort to boost fisheries. Pacus living in the Illinois lake were probably dumped there after being aquarium pets. It’s illegal to dump exotic fish into lakes and those doing so face criminal charges.