Eel leaps out of fish tank in shocking escape attempt: ‘I’m never leaving my house again’

This TikToker’s mundane trip to the pet store took a shocking turn when an eel made a daring escape from its tank!

Baylee Jaye (@bbjjuice) recently posted her first ever TikTok video, detailing how a trip to the pet store with her child took a surprising turn, when an eel decided to leap out of its tank onto the floor. The jaw-dropping video, which accrued 9.2 million views and counting, left TikTok in shock!


we had an adventure today… I’m glad this video is my first tiktok 😂

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In a caption on the video, Baylee explains, “We had an adventure today… I’m glad this video is my first TikTok.”

The video begins with Baylee filming an eel swimming in its tank. The eel, which is white with large black spots, undulates in the water. At first, everything seems normal, but then suddenly, the eel pokes its head out of its tank. It opens its mouth, and peers over the edge as Baylee backs away in shock.

“Oh my god, oh my god,” she exclaims. 

Meanwhile, Baylee’s curious son asks, “Whoah, why’s he going out? Why’d he come out?”

“I don’t know,” Baylee responds. “I think he’s hungry.”

Now a safe distance from the tank, Baylee continues to film as the eel swims around for a moment. Once again, everything seems normal, as the eel explores its tank. But after just a few seconds, the eel pokes its head out again. 

The eel pauses for a moment with its body in the water and its head poking out of the tank, then abruptly launches itself out of the tank and onto the floor. 

“Oh my god,” Baylee once again exclaims, as the eel hits the floor with a loud slap. 

Baylee’s son grabs her by the hand, pulling her away from the fallen eel. Overcome with fear, her son then starts screaming and runs away, while Baylee stops to tell an employee what happened. 

The video ends as Baylee turns the camera back towards the eel for a final moment, recording it as it flops around on the floor. 

Viewers were equal parts amused and terrified by the video.

“Well, I’m never leaving my house again,” one rattled viewer responded.

“I think your son may be about to receive a letter from Hogwarts,” another viewer joked.

“The innocence of ‘why’d he come out’ is killing me,” replied another amused TikToker. 

Another TikToker wondered about the eel’s wellbeing, asking, “Is the eel okay?”

In the comments section of a different video, Baylee explained that the store employees returned the eel to its tank. The eel may not have made the most successful pet store escape, but it was certainly dramatic!

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