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Chinese Couple’s Home Burgled by Catfish Prowler

Similar catfish

Similar catfish

A Changji couple, Xu Xianmin and his wife, both of Xinjiang province, China, claim that they locked up their one-room home, only to return to find that it had been trashed. They reportedly left an orderly home around 4 a.m. when they left for work. The two sanitation workers returned around 9:30 a.m. to find all the doors and windows still locked on the outside, but inside it seemed that thieves had entered and vandalized their house, overturning the table, and scattering plastic bottles that had been neatly stacked.

While cleaning Xu said he felt something strange amidst the disarray, “When I was picking up things from the other side of the table, I suddenly touched something cold and slippery, and it was moving!” It was an enormous catfish. Eerily enough, there is no body of water nearby, and as Xu logically stated, “No thieves would leave a giant fish in the house while stealing nothing.” After a fish expert explained that, given the age and size of that particular fish, it could live outside the water for some time, the couple concluded that the fish snuck in while the door was open, “All we can imagine is that the catfish somehow sneaked into the house in the time between us opening the door and then leaving for work.”


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