There are hazards of life in Philadelphia, but falling catfish weren’t generally considered to be one them. Until now. Lisa Lobree tells the Philadelphia Inquirer 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.
Witnesses saw a bird, possibly a hawk or eagle, flying away. The bird had apparently dropped the foot-long fish, which fell more than 50 feet through tree branches before hitting Lobree, who was left with a cut on the face.
Lobree said, “It could have been so much worse. 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.” She says she did a lot of fishing growing up in Colorado and still loves to fish—but this is the first catfish she’s ever caught.