The story of how the cock Mike without a head lived
September 10, 1945. Rooster Mike: the beginning of the second life. Farmer Lloyd Olsen was waiting for his mother-in-law's arrival. In Colorado, it was customary to honor parents, so together with their wife, they decided to make a good dinner in honor of her visit. And, of course, what is the table without a baked bird? Especially since the wife's mother was so fond of chicken neck! Lloyd, clutching an ax in his hand, headed for the hen house. Today, the choice fell on the rooster named Mike. Olsen, being a farmer, more than once conducted a decapitation procedure, so he confidently smashed the ax, trying to hit as close as possible to the base of the skull, leaving most of the cock's neck.
Since then, Lloyd has refused to care for the cock, every day more and more amazed at the duration of the second abnormal life given to Mike.
Headless, but famous!
Meanwhile, the headless cock Mikelive, recover and feather. At one point the farmer decided with the help of his bird to amuse the people and make money on it. And he went on a tour of the country. People lined up to look at the wonder bird, laying out for this spectacle of 25 cents. Mike got a great fame thanks to publications in various magazines, the Guinness book. As a result, its price was determined at $ 10,000.
The rooster lived without a head for another 18 months. His death was ridiculous and unexpected: at night he choked on his own secretions, and the "guardian" Lloyd did not have time to find a pipette to clear his throat.
A whispered story about "The Amazing Chicken"made such a strong impression on all farmers in the country that many of them tried to repeat the "feat" of Olsen, cutting the heads of dozens of chickens. But all in vain - the second such Mike at anybody did not work.