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Giant Catfish Dies Trying To Eat Football; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like This In 30 Years'

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BERLIN, Germany -- A catfish met an unpleasant fate in Germany when it tried to eat a football floating in the river. Police patrolling the Main River say it's the weirdest case they've seen in 30 years.

A giant catfish died trying to eat a soccer ball and was found floating in a river with the ball wedged in its large snout, police in Germany said.

The two-meter long fish was found on Monday in a sluice in the Main River with its teeth sunk into the blue and white plastic ball.

"The catfish had evidently bitten into the ball and suffocated," Bavarian police said in a statement. "Whether the fish was swept up in the current excitement about football in the wake of the EURO 2008 championship could not be ascertained."

Reiner Jünger of the river police said: "I've never seen anything like this in 30 years on the job." He said catfish are among the biggest freshwater predators. They lie in wait on the river bed and attack prey on the surface. They sometimes even attack ducks swimming past.

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Was it starving? When are we going to stop throwing rubbish indiscriminately? People should learn how to use a dustbin. I can tell you most Malaysians dont.
   comment# 1   - Natasha N. Manan · Malaysia · Jul 2, 2008 @ 7:05pm

I used to fish for catfish near that spot and there are even bigger ones in the river but almost impossible to catch due to the heavy boat traffic (the boats cut the line while the fish is sitting on the bottom). Very sad to see that this big fish died. Although illegel (by german law every fish of legal size has to be killed and taken home otherwise the fisherman will get charged for cruelty to animals) almost all anglers release catfish larger than 1.5 m. I have never manged to get one larger than 90cm but lost a few bigger ones. The water quality of the Main river is very good and a lot of people swimm in the river. Usually no junk is dumped in the river. The ball was probaly unintensionally kicked in the river and the stupid fish mistook it for something to eat. Poor fish!
   comment# 2   - klaus · biberach · Jul 10, 2008 @ 6:26am

poor cat eh..
   comment# 3   - R · Malaysia · May 5, 2009 @ 9:29pm

That is not a football looks like a soccer ball.
   comment# 4   - tracy burton · whitttier usa · Jun 23, 2012 @ 5:55pm

Here in Europe it is called football, because we use our feet. It looks like the fish starved to death rather than suffocating as I think you can what looks like the skeleton through its flesh. Poor fish :-(
   comment# 5   - Alex_Curly · London, UK · Dec 25, 2012 @ 8:59am
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