Raining Animals – Reported Many Times Throughout History
Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals “rain” from the sky. Such occurrences have been reported in many countries throughout history.
One hypothesis offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles. However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested. Sometimes the animals survive the fall, suggesting the animals are dropped shortly after extraction. Several witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely encased in ice. There are examples where the product of the rain is not intact animals, but shredded body parts. Some cases occur just after storms having strong winds, especially during tornadoes.
However, there have been many unconfirmed cases in which rainfalls of animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts.
Documented events in history when animals fell from the sky:
2010 – Blackbirds rain down on Beebe, Arkansas, USA
- Singapore, February 22, 1861.
- Olneyville, Rhode Island, May 15, 1900.
- Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, July 1, 1903.
- Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010.
Frogs and toads
- Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, June 2009 (Occurrences reported throughout the month).
- Rákóczifalva, Hungary, 18–20 June 2010 (twice).
- An unidentified animal (thought to be a cow) fell in California ripped to tiny pieces on August 1, 1869; a similar incident was reported in Olympian Springs, Bath County, Kentucky in 1876.
- Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894.
- Worms dropped from the sky in Jennings, Louisiana, on July 11, 2007.
- Spiders fell from the sky in Salta Province, Argentina on April 6, 2007.