I saw someone posted a link about Mike the headless chicken on Shoutwire. I followed the link and checked it out. I was full of doubts after reading that. Then, I came back to Shoutwire and read the comments to find out that most people don't believe it either.
To clarify it, I made a search on Google and found some great links. Mike the headless chicken even has its own official website. OMG! So, it must be real I thought. After reading some articles on Guiness World Records website and Wikipedia, I finally believed that Mike the headless chicken was real.
Mike's story from Longest List
In Fruita, Colorado, on September 10 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen was sent out to kill a chicken for dinner. His mother-in-law loved to eat the neck, so Mr. Olsen tried to chop off as little of the neck as possible. With a swing of his axe, off came the head. The chicken, now known as 'Mike the Headless Chicken', started to run around as chickens do, but never stopped.
Mike the Headless Chicken became famous and began doing tours. Mr. Olsen charged 25 cents.
Mike was fed a mixture of water and milk with an eyedropper, and occasionally he was fed corn.
Mike finally died in 1947, after living for 18 months. He started choking in the middle of the night, and since the Olsen's left the syringes they used to clear his esophagus at the sideshow, they could not save him.
So, how a chicken can live without its head? How is this possible?
Scientists found out that the axe blade had missed Mike's jugular vein, and a clot had saved it from bleeding to death. Because Mike's owner had aimed the axe so high, most of the brain stem was left at the top of the spine. One ear had also survived. So, Mike could still hear and think.