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Live fish falls from sky in Tennessee, gets hit by car, then gets stuck in bumper

The Charlotte Observer logo The Charlotte Observer 8/16/2020 By Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer

A fish mysteriously fell from the sky a few days ago in east Tennessee.

As if that wasn’t strange enough, it got hit by a car before landing, then lodged in the vehicle’s bumper, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a Facebook post.

“We’ve seen a lot of wildlife struck by vehicles, but never a fish,” the agency said.

A photo of was included in the post, showing a white bass stuck head first in motorist Ed Lineberger’s bumper.

White bass don’t fly, but state officials have a theory.

Lineberger was driving near Watts Bar Lake in Kingston, 150 miles east of Nashville, and they think a bald eagle likely dropped the fish during a mid-air confrontation with a food-snatching Osprey.

“Both raptors prey on fish so it appears the osprey was trying to steal a meal,” the agency said. “The real victim, however, was the fish.”

Commenters on the post were largely split into two groups: Those who marveled at the odds of anyone hitting a fish with a car, and those who joked about what Lineberger told his insurance company. (It’s not clear the car suffered any damage.)

“Better go buy a lottery ticket,” Lacey Nicole Russell advised Lineberger.

“Looks like there might still be a couple good fillets. The driver is the winner today,” Michael Millikan added.

“Did you ticket him for not being licensed to fish?” Doyle Parker asked.

As odd as the whole thing sounds, it’s not the craziest wildlife encounter the agency has recently been forced to explain.

Twice in the past 10 months, drivers in Tennessee reported red-tailed hawks falling from the sky while bring strangled by a snake. It’s believed the hawks grabbed the snakes up and were attempting to eat them when the snakes fought back.

In both cases, the snake and the bird survived, the state said.


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