Catfish crashes through a Florida couple's screen and into their pool

Posted at 12:10 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 13:56:15-04

(WFLA, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A Winter Haven, Florida homeowner heard a loud crash and found a new meaning for flying fish.

"We were watching TV and we heard a huge crash!" homeowner Leonard Vanderpool said.

When Vanderpool went to inspect where the noise had come from, he found a large hole in their screened-in porch and a catfish swimming in the backyard pool.

"I come out and there's a big hole in my screen, and there's this big bullhead swimming in the water. It didn't kill him or anything. He's going crazy. The water was moving like crazy," Vanderpool said.

Not knowing how the fish had just fallen from the sky, he called Winter Haven Police.

The officer took the fish to nearby Lake Ruby and set it free.

"We got to thinking maybe a bird had dropped it," Dawn Vanderpool said.

"We figured it was an owl or a hawk. And he was really squirming and it was too big for the bird or whatever had it and it just dropped it. And when we had it out you could see talon marks on its back," Leonard said.

The couple expects to pay at least $100 to repair the screen.

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