There is no telling what is going to fall from the sky at any given moment. Leaves, a dead bird, maybe even a few acorns here and there. Or, maybe a FISH. Lisa Lobree learned this lesson firsthand as she was walking by the art museum on Labor Day morning. When she heard a rustling in the tree above her, she didn’t think much of it…until a catfish came soaring down, landing on her head. Most people fear getting pooped on by a bird while they are out for a leisurely walk, so a catfish falling from the sky is quite a surprise.
“Suddenly I was slammed by something,” Lobree recalled Friday. “I was like, ‘What?! I was freaking out.’ ”
And the incident wasn’t without injury. When the catfish hit her, the whiskers cut open the skin near her eye and she immediately started swelling. She was flailing on the ground in tears, as she had no idea what was going on.
The catfish, which was 16 inches long, had been seen being dropped by a vulture nearby. By chance, the fish had landed in a tree, before it slipped out and landed on Lobree, as she was on her way to a CoreFitness class.
One of Lobree’s friends who had seen the incident unfold, went running over to the CoreFitness instructor, Gina Mancuso, shouting that Lobree had been hit by a fish. It was an obviously funny statement and the class started making jokes about it.
It is estimated that the fish fell fifty feet, hitting branches along the way before it slapped Lobree in the face. “I smelled really bad. I was so disgusted,” said Lobree, who admits that she went home and took a very, very long shower. Later that afternoon, she developed a slight fever and instantly worried that the fish had caused an infection. When Lobree called her doctor to inquire, the office thought that it was a prank call and at first they asked if the fish had fallen from a plane. When her doctor got the true story, he prescribed her antibiotics, but by then the fever had gone down.
For days following the incident, Lobree had to walk around with a cut on her face and explain where she got it from. A fish falling out of the sky. “It could have been so much worse,” she said. “What if it hit a child? It was 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.”
Lobree, who had grown up in Colorado admits that she loves to go fishing, but up until Labor Day, she had never caught a catfish before. She will certainly have a great story to tell for the rest of her life and we can guess that she might be a bit more hyper-aware while she is walking through the city. Maybe it’s a sign of good luck to get hit by a slimy fish?