Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 – March 1947), was a Wyandotte chicken that lived for
18 months after his head had been mostly cut off. Thought by many to be a hoax, the bird’s
owner took him to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish the facts of the story.

Once his fame had been established, Mike began a career of touring sideshows in the company
of such other creatures as a two-headed calf. He was also photographed for dozens of
magazines and papers, featuring in Time and Life magazines.


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