Natural disasters occur in almost every part of the world but a catfish falling from the sky isn’t one of them. A woman in Philadelphia experienced this strange incident as she walked on the streets last Friday.
Image shows Lisa Lobree and the catfish that struck her on the face.
Lisa Lobree said she never knew a catfish could be one the hazards she’d have to face in her life. She spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer on her experience as a survivor.
In her explanations, Lisa reveals that she was walking near the city’s art museum on the morning of Labor Day when she heard a “rustling” in the trees above her, and was suddenly slammed in the face with what turned out to be a 5-pound catfish.
“Suddenly I was slammed by something,” Lobree recalled Friday. “I was like, ‘What?!’ I was freaking out.”
Onlookers said they saw a bird, possibly a hawk or eagle, flying away.
An analysis on the incident argues that a bird must have lost its grip on the foot-long fish which fell more than 50 feet through tree branches before hitting the unsuspecting woman. The fish left her with a bloody cut on the face.
“I think it might have been head, face, and neck because I smelled so bad afterwards. I smelled disgusting,” Lobree tells CBS Philly. “I was a little bit shocked, actually.”
She adds that she can see the humor in it now, though it wasn’t so funny at the time.
“It could have been so much worse,” she says. “What if it hit a child? It was a not a fun experience, but there are so many worse things that could’ve happened. It’s probably one of the strangest things that have happened to me in my life.”
Funny as it is, the girl grew up in a Colorado fishing neighborhood and enjoys fishing until now — but this is the first catfish she’s ever caught.
“It was the first catfish that my face caught,” she said.
That fateful Friday afternoon, Lobree developed a 101-degree fever, which she said is rare for her. She worried if she may have had an infection from the fish but a pediatrician neighbor reportedly told her that was unlikely.
She went ahead to contact her doctor who prescribed some antibiotics.