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Fish Story From Wichita Eagle Newspaper

June 25th, 2004, 10:11 PM
This was a pretty interesting story from The Sunday Wichita Eagle
Newspaper a couple of weeks ago. Was in a housing development around
119th st. South and Maple. Anyhow a resident in the area saw a ball
bouncing around kind of strange like in the developments pond and
when he went to investigate, it was a flathead catfish who had
obviously tried to swallow a child's basketball which became stuck
in its mouth. The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive but
unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the
surface. The resident tried numerous times to get the ball out but
was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to
deflate the ball and release the catfish.


June 25th, 2004, 10:38 PM
Oh goodness, what next! That is funny, very funny! :rolleyes:

June 25th, 2004, 10:52 PM
OH the poor thing , I wonder how long it was like that for?
I'm so glad they got it out of the fishies mouth though :D

June 26th, 2004, 02:04 AM
I had no idea catfish could get so huge! I'm totally amazed! :eek:

June 26th, 2004, 08:09 AM
Wow Deerclan,that's a great story :D BIG fishy!!!I am happy someone cared enough to save him :D

June 27th, 2004, 05:22 PM
poor poor fishy. a little of topic, but fishy none the less. a friend works on a prawn/eel farm. one day when walking past the tanks she saw something moving that was long. well she thought a large lizard was trapped and she panicked and she intended on saving it. her bf ran over screaming as she started heading into the tank and stopped her. it wasnt a lizard, it was a small crocadile who could have easily taken her fingers, duh. poor darlin, she has such a good heart, but often she is a little unobservant :D now i worry endlessly about her, bloody crocs :D :p

Cactus Flower
August 22nd, 2004, 07:29 PM
I just saw this, dont' know how I missed it, but WOW!

August 22nd, 2004, 08:37 PM
awww!! great ppl out there, really! :D

August 22nd, 2004, 08:55 PM
I knew there was a reason to think that something could get your toes while swimming. That fish is huge. Glad someone cared enough to take the time to rescue him.Poor BIG guy.

August 22nd, 2004, 09:38 PM
Unbelievable I didn't think fish would be able to try to eat a ball that size. If it weren't for pictures I wouldn't believe it.