Saving a Basketball Eating Fish

by Rebecca on February 4, 2010

in Animals in the News

This was a pretty interesting story from The Sunday Newspaper. A resident in the area saw a ball bouncing around kind of strangely in the Hartebeespoort dam and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish (baber) who had obviously tried to swallow a child’s basketball. This, however 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 it and release the hungry catfish.

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