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A school morning took a turn when a family in Russell Springs, Kentucky, found a rare blue crayfish in their garage. “A wild little thing,” the mom said.

A school morning took a turn when a family in Russell Springs, Kentucky, found a rare blue crayfish in their garage. “A wild little thing,” the mom said.

Photo from Crystal Hash

A family had a memorable morning when they discovered a rare blue crayfish in their garage in Kentucky.

“About 7:00 in the morning, my husband come rushing in the bedroom,” Crystal Hash told McClatchy News on Friday, Sept. 23. “I thought I was hallucinating.”

Allen Hash said he went out to the garage on Sept. 19 — the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary — to work on a project, but “I just kept hearing something crawl around. I looked down and there it was.”

A rare blue crayfish – or “crawdad,” according to the Hashes.

The crayfish was about 5 inches long with a royal blue color, the couple said and photos show. “He was like a lobster size. He was a pretty big one,” Crystal said.

“It pinched me when I tried to pick it up,” Allen said.

Allen scooped it into an old coffee container and took it to show Crystal. “I woke up to that in my bed,” she said.

Neither had seen a blue crayfish before. They suspected it came from the field beside their Russell Springs house that occasionally floods and typically has muddy spots.

When Gunner and Zoey – their kids – got home, “they were super excited to see it,” Crystal said. They wanted to keep it.

Instead, the crayfish was let go.

“We ended up putting ‘em back in the ground, over in the field,” Crystal said.

The crayfish “kind of solved a problem for me,” Allen said. “I’ve been trying to figure out what was making these holes in my yard.”

Now crayfish are his primary suspect.

“It was just a kind of a wild little thing that happened,” Crystal said.

Russell Springs is about 90 miles southwest of Lexington.

This story was originally published September 23, 2022 1:29 PM.

Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She is a graduate of Minerva University where she studied communications, history, and international politics. Previously, she reported for Deseret News.


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