Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals "rain" from the sky. Such occurrences have been reported in many countries throughout history. One hypothesis offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles. However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested.

Sometimes the animals survive the fall, suggesting the animals are dropped shortly after extraction. Several witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. In some incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely encased in ice. There are examples where the product of the rain is not intact animals, but shredded body parts. Some cases occur just after storms having strong winds, especially during tornadoes.

However, there have been many unconfirmed cases in which rainfalls of animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts.

The following list is a selection of occurrences examples.
Singapore, February 22, 1861
Olneyville, Rhode Island, May 15, 1900
Marksville, Louisiana, October 23, 1947
Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24, 2009
Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010
Kerala, India, February 12, 2008
Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012

Frogs and Toads
Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, June 2009
Rákóczifalva, Hungary, 18–20 June 2010

Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
Worms dropped from the sky in Jennings, Louisiana, on July 11, 2007
Spiders fell from the sky in Salta Province, Argentina on April 6, 2007
Scottish school children are hit by worms during PE class on a cloudless day, April 1, 2011


  1. There have been some reported sightings in Baliya, Bihar. For details - please contact Brahma.


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