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Mike the Headless Chicken
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Animal
    (May 1945-March 1947)
    White Wyandotte Rooster
    Hatched in Fruita, Colorado
    Decapitated by farmer Lloyd Olsen (September 10, 1945)
    Left with intact jugular vein and brain stem
    Lived another 18 months
    Known as ‘the Wonder Chicken’ and ‘Miracle Mike’
    After his ‘accident,’ he presumably became even stupider than a regular chicken (if that’s possible).
    He had to be fed with an eyedropper through a hole in his neck.
    He toured with freak shows.
    His owners claimed they were displaying his severed head in a jar, but it actually was from a different chicken (Mike’s got eaten by a cat).
    His success inspired copycats to decapitate other animals in hope of creating their own popular freak exhibit.
    His survival was authenticated by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
    His story was reported in ‘Time Magazine,’ ‘Life’ and the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’
    He couldn’t see or eat normally.
    He nearly tripled in size after being beheaded.
    He became a popular attraction at sideshows, bringing in $4,500 a month for his ‘family.’
    He eventually died of choking when the hole in his neck closed up.
    People in Fruita, Colorado, hold a headless chicken festival every May to honor him.
    He was plucky, to say the least.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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