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Where Frogs, Fish and a Cow Fell From the Sky

Chris Dolce
Published: April 17, 2013

Horse in a Kitchen

Above: Video of Mike Bettes showing the damage from West Liberty in March 2012.

According to our Severe Weather Expert Dr. Greg Forbes, reports of fish raining from the sky date back to at least 200 BC in Greece. Forbes says that tornadoes and waterspouts are the most likely causes for these ancient reports of fish and other small animals falling from the sky.

However, we don't need to look that far back in the history books for several examples of odd things, including animals, dropping down from above.

Just last year on March 2, an EF3 tornado caused heavy damage in West Liberty, Ky. As written about in this article from the Red Cross, one family who had the roof torn off their home found their horse in the home's kitchen after emerging from the rubble. The horse was lofted into the air by the tornado and survived the entire journey.

NEXT>> We look at three different types of animals that fell from the sky in one place.


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