A chicken with its head cut off in Thailand is being hailed as a “true warrior” for surviving more than a week after being decapitated. The poor bird is now being cared for and fed by a vet in the Mueang Ratchaburi district of Ratchaburi Province who has been feeding it by dropping food down its neck and giving it antibiotics to prevent the infection of its wounds. I did not know this but…
[a] chickens’ brain is located in their skull at an angle, so if they are beheaded to high up the neck, the rear part of the brain, which controls automatic functions like breathing, can remain intact. So if the jugular somehow doesn’t rupture, causing the bird to eventually bleed to death, the bird can apparently survive even without a head.
Nobody knows how the chicken lost its head – probably an animal predator – but after photos and a video of the little guy went viral, it’s now become a local celebrity.
“The animal has its life. If it wants to live, we feed it,” Supakadee Arun Thong, the vet who had adopted the headless bird, told Thai reporters.
via Oddity Central:
Believe it or not, this is not the first time chicken to survive without a head. Mike the headless chicken was also a media sensation between 1945 and 1947, surviving a whopping 18 months. He too was believed to be a hoax, until his owner took him to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for confirmation.