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Catfish with Child's
Basketball Caught in Its Mouth-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor:
The story comes with
pictures of a catfish with what appears to be an inflated ball stuck
in its mouth.
It says the details are from an article in the Wichita Eagle
According to an article in the
Wichita Eagle from May 30, 2004, this story is real.
Wichita resident Bill Driver was standing on the deck of his house
near Sandalwood Lake when he saw an 8-inch child's basketball
floating on the surface.
But the ball wasn't floating normally so he went to investigate and
discovered that the ball was stuck in the mouth of a large flathead
He called to his wife to get the camera then grabbed a sail from his
9-foot sailboat to use to try to coax the catfish closer to his
Driver says the fish tried to dive several times but was clearly
exhausted from having such a buoyant object in his mouth.
He tried several times to get the ball out and finally succeeded by
piercing it with a knife.
He estimated the weight of the fish to be about 50-pounds.
Last updated 7/11/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
FISH STORY FROM WICHITA EAGLE NEWSPAPER
A resident in the area saw a ball in a pond, bouncing around kind
strange. And when he went to investigate, he discovered that it
catfish and it had obviously tried to swallow a child's basketball
which became stuck in its mouth.
The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive. The resident
numerous times to get the ball out but was unsuccessful. He
ball in order to deflate it, and then released the catfish.
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