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17 Times Animals Literally Rained from the Sky

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.

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  • 2018: A Gaggle Of Geese In Idaho

    While there were no witnesses for the actual event, 51 geese turned up dead in an Idaho Falls parking lot on April 7, 2018. The birds were all clumped together in a pile and soaking wet. Experts think the geese were likely struck by lightning, causing the sudden group death. 

  • 2018: Flying Foxes In Australia

    In New South Wales, Australia, an unprecedented heatwave caused temperatures to skyrocket over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, many of the area's flying foxes were literally boiled alive. Volunteers and animal right groups tried desperately to save the overheated foxes, but it is estimated over 1,000 died as a result of the hot temperatures. 

  • 2018: Frozen Iguanas In Florida

     

    In January 2018, Florida's temperature dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, an unusually cold temperature for the normally warm Sunshine State. Green iguanas, commonly found in Miami suburbs, ended up frozen and immobilized due to this unseasonable chill. Iguanas get sluggish if temperatures fall below 50, and apparently are outright immobile when it drops below 40. As a result, many petrified iguanas fell from the branches of trees and other perches. Florida residents reported seeing frozen iguanas lying on the streets, near swimming pools, and in backyards. 

  • 2013: Spiders In Brazil

    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. Scientists 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.