Is Animal Rain a Real Phenomenon? Understanding the Science Behind It

by Unbelievable Facts12 years ago
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There are many aspects of nature yet to be revealed to us, and one such phenomenon is “animal rain.” This might sound bizarre and unbelievable, but it is true, with occurrences reported in various countries throughout history.

What is Animal Rain?

Animal rain is a rare meteorological phenomenon where flightless animals fall from the sky. One hypothesis to explain this phenomenon suggests that strong winds, traveling over water, sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs and carry them for several miles. However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested.

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The animals most likely to fall from the sky during such an event are fish and frogs, with birds ranking third. Sometimes, the animals survive the fall, especially fish, which suggests a small time gap between their extraction and the actual drop. Witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled yet healthy, exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some incidents, however, the animals are found frozen to death or even completely enclosed in blocks of ice.

Most recent occurrences 

  • Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012
  • Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010
  • Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24, 2009[17]

Scientific Point of View

More recently, a scientific explanation for the phenomenon has been developed involving tornadic waterspouts. Waterspouts are capable of capturing objects and animals and lifting them into the air. According to this theory, waterspouts or tornadoes transport animals to relatively high altitudes, carrying them over large distances. The winds can carry the animals over a wide area and allow them to fall in a concentrated manner in a localized area. More specifically, some tornadoes can completely suck up a pond, allowing the water and animals to fall some distance away, resulting in a rain of animals.

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