Headless wonder: Remarkable tale of Mike the headless chicken

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Published May 27, 2024 at 4:05pm

Update May 27, 2024 at 4:10pm

    Headless rooster named Mike survived for 18 months

    Event took place in Fruita, Colorado, at the farm of Lloyd Olsen

    Lloyd Olsen's family celebrates 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day' annually

In a truly astonishing story, a headless rooster named Mike captured national attention by surviving for 18 months without a head. Born on April 20, 1940, Mike belonged to the Wyandotte breed, known for its robust and meaty chickens. This extraordinary event took place in Fruita, Colorado, at the farm of Lloyd Olsen.

The tale began when Olsen decided to prepare Mike for dinner. During the beheading, most of Mike’s brain stem and one ear remained intact, allowing the rooster to survive. The coagulated blood prevented further bleeding, and the resilient rooster began to walk despite its headless condition.

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Olsen, intrigued by this bizarre occurrence, decided to care for Mike rather than let him die. He fed Mike a mixture of milk and water using an eyedropper and provided small grains and worms. Remarkably, Mike continued to thrive and soon became a national sensation.

Mike’s headless existence drew widespread attention, making headlines in various newspapers and magazines. He was dubbed “Mike the Headless Chicken” and became a symbol of resilience and curiosity.

Tragically, Mike’s unusual life ended in March 1947 when he choked on a piece of corn. Despite the oddity of his survival, Mike’s story left a lasting legacy. To this day, Lloyd Olsen’s family commemorates Mike’s incredible tale by celebrating ‘Mike the Headless Chicken Day’ annually, keeping the memory of this extraordinary rooster alive.

Headless wonder: Remarkable tale of Mike the headless chicken

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    Headless rooster named Mike survived for 18 months

    Event took place in Fruita, Colorado, at the farm of Lloyd Olsen

    Lloyd Olsen's family celebrates 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day' annually

In a truly astonishing story, a headless rooster named Mike captured national attention by surviving for 18 months without a head. Born on April 20, 1940, Mike belonged to the Wyandotte breed, known for its robust and meaty chickens. This extraordinary event took place in Fruita, Colorado, at the farm of Lloyd Olsen.

The tale began when Olsen decided to prepare Mike for dinner. During the beheading, most of Mike’s brain stem and one ear remained intact, allowing the rooster to survive. The coagulated blood prevented further bleeding, and the resilient rooster began to walk despite its headless condition.

Also read: Bengaluru: Naked pictures of schoolgirls, created using deepfake go viral; jeopardise victims 

Olsen, intrigued by this bizarre occurrence, decided to care for Mike rather than let him die. He fed Mike a mixture of milk and water using an eyedropper and provided small grains and worms. Remarkably, Mike continued to thrive and soon became a national sensation.

Mike’s headless existence drew widespread attention, making headlines in various newspapers and magazines. He was dubbed “Mike the Headless Chicken” and became a symbol of resilience and curiosity.

Tragically, Mike’s unusual life ended in March 1947 when he choked on a piece of corn. Despite the oddity of his survival, Mike’s story left a lasting legacy. To this day, Lloyd Olsen’s family commemorates Mike’s incredible tale by celebrating ‘Mike the Headless Chicken Day’ annually, keeping the memory of this extraordinary rooster alive.

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