Weird Nature 14 Times Animals Literally Rained from the Sky  

Laura Allan
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Animals raining from the sky sounds like some sort of biblical plague, or maybe some kind of magic. But, believe it or not, this actually happens! Throughout the centuries there have been times where live animals just randomly fall from the sky and science can't always fully explain how it happens. From fish to insects, these animals confuse and distress people. Worst of all, they sometimes cost tons of money in damage.

So, if you want to know what happens when encountering animals falling from the sky, read on. A rainy day might not seem too bad anymore by the time you're done.

2010: Tiny Frogs Fall from the Sky in Hungary


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Tiny frogs are pretty irresistibly cute, not so much when they suddenly start falling on you from above. In Hungary in 2010, tiny frogs only a few millimeters in size came down with the rain to the surprise and dismay of locals. This can be caused by high winds, waterspouts, or even a tornado. This seems to have happened more than once in various parts of Hungary over a two-day span, with the worst of it being in Rákóczifalva. Depending on how the wind blows, it could even happen again.

2013: Spiders Fall from the Sky in Brazil


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Brazil is home to hundreds of spider species, which is fascinating to many nature-lovers and terrifying to many arachnophobes. No matter where you fall on the spider-loving spectrum, it's safe to assume no one wants them to literally rain from the sky. Unfortunately for Brazil this actually happened in 2013. Literally thousands of small and large spiders fell from the sky and began weaving webs almost instantly, coating the land like a creepy-crawly blanket.

This isn't even the first time this has happened. Brazil, Australia, and even parts of the United States have supposedly seen spider rain at some point in history. Scientist explained that this phenomenon is caused when high winds blow spiders from their tree homes and blow them up into the air. When they fall back to the ground, they detach webs as "anchors" to attach to trees. 

2010: It Rains Perch for Two Days in Lajamanu


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What's worse than fish rain? How about two whole days of fish rain! In 2010 - a pretty big year for animal rain, apparently - the little town of Lajamanu, Australia, was treated to a ton of fish pouring out of the sky. This desert town has about 650 residents, but in 2010 it was also home to hundreds of perch in early March. For two days the fish rained down intermittently sometimes still alive when they hit the ground. Some residents also reported that this isn't the first time fish have rained from the sky on their little locale. Scientists suggest this was caused by a tornado, but that doesn't make it any less bizarre for onlookers. 

2010: Dead Blackbirds Fall from the Night Sky in Beebe


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Birds being in the sky isn't really anything new, but when the birds seemingly die out of the blue and then plummet to earth, it raises a whole lot of questions. In 2010 in the small Arkansas town of Beebe, blackbirds suddenly began to drop dead out of the air into the yards and onto the heads of unsuspecting locals. Then about two years later it happened again. This locals are not entirely sure why dead birds keep raining on their little town, though many think it has something to do with fireworks or air turbulence.