It was May 28, 2004 when Bill Driver noticed a ball bouncing around Sandalwood Lake (Kansas) in a peculiar way and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish that had apparently tried to swallow a child’s basketball which became stuck in its mouth!
The fish was exhausted from trying to dive because the ball always brought him back up to the surface. Driver tried numerous times to get the ball out, but could not. He finally sent his wife to the house for a knife and cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish. This might have been just another fish story were it not for the pictures!