PHILADELPHIA (KYW/CNN) – It was not the morning a woman expected during her walk to a Labor Day boot camp class when a catfish fell from the sky and hit her.
“Within a few seconds, I was slammed in the face with something,” said Lisa Lobree, who was struck by the catfish. “I think it might have been the head, face, and neck because I smelled so bad afterwards.”
Apparently, a bird had been carrying the fish in its beak and dropped it right on Lobree’s head.
“I’m more likely to get struck by lightning than get hit by a fish falling from the sky,” Lobree said. “I immediately freaked out and fell to the ground.”
She said she believes the fish fell from about 50 feet overhead, measured up to 18 inches long and weighed five pounds, a little under a gallon of milk.
It might sound funny, but whether from the fins or from pure shock, Lobree had a fever, and the left side of her face and neck were painfully swollen. The encounter left its mark – a scar under her left eye, and perhaps an emotional one, too.
“I was really upset, actually. I was pretty hysterical,” Lobree said.
The next day, a doctor gave her a tetanus shot, recommended ice and prescribed antibiotics.
But she says the best medicine now is laughter.
“I think that, of all things to happen, it was traumatic at the time but it’s funny,” she said. “And there are so many worse things and so many bad things that happen.”