Two men on a fishing trip in Warrior River in Hueytown, Alabama, recently caught on video the catch of a lifetime: A pair of kittens.
Friends Jason Frost, 28, and Brandon Key, 34, who live near the river, were waiting for something to bite on their lines this past Saturday when the sound of a splash behind them caught their attention, Frost told ABC News today.
"We turned around and didn't see anything, but a few minutes later, we saw something swimming above the surface getting closer and closer," he said. "Then I heard it meowing, and I could tell it was a cat. I was like, 'Hey, Brandon, you need to record this.'"
The video's description reads, "This puts a new spin on the term catfishing," and starts with Frost saying, "You're not going to believe what is swimming towards our boat," before he pauses and continues, "a kitten."
The two can be heard laughing as a baby orange Tabby paddles towards the boat, and Frost picks it up. As the kitten starts drying off, Key can be heard saying he sees another cat.
An identical kitten soon swims towards the boat, and Frost also takes it in, saying, "They're twins!"
He later adds, "There's a first time for everything, isn't there?"
Frost and Key, who've known each other since they were born, continued fishing for three more hours, they told ABC News.
"We caught one fish -- a bass, and we threw it back," Frost said. "When we got back to shore, there was a family staring at us weird, probably wondering why we had cats on a boat when cats hate being wet. We told them the story and showed them the video. They really seemed interested in the kittens, so we let them take the kittens home."
Frost and Key said they didn't catch any of the names of the family who took in the kittens and that they weren't sure how the kittens got there. Frost said he thought someone may have abandoned the kittens in the river.
Frost uploaded the video to his Facebook page, and it had been shared more than 32,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. After its viral success, Frost uploaded the video to YouTube, where it had over 1.3 million views as of Tuesday afternoon.
Frost started a Facebook page called Alabama Adventures, where he also plans on posting more videos of his exploits with Key in the future.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to us," Frost said. "If we didn't have a video camera, nobody would've ever believed us."