Believe It Or Not: Mike the Headless Chicken
is not a hoax, folks: Following a non-lethal decapitation, Mike the
headless chicken, later nicknamed "Miracle Mike," lived for
approximately 18 months. Here he is, "dancing" in 1945.
is fed through eyedropper, directly to his esophagus. Apparently the ax
that was meant to make him dinner for a family in Colorado missed his
jugular vein, and left its brain stem intact.
Playtime for the Birds
in his Colorado barnyard, with other chickens. The miracle animal also
toured sideshows during the 18 months after its decapitation.
Mike With His Head
According to some accounts, the day the ax fell, Mike slept with his head under his wing.
Mike Stands Proud
in 1999, the chicken's "hometown" of Fruita, Colorado, has held a "Mike
the Headless Chicken" Day. It's the third weekend in May, with events
including an egg toss and "Pin the Head on the Chicken."