70 years ago, a farmer in Colorado has cut started a rooster and it did not want to die! Called Mike, chickens has caused an uproar during a long time because it continues to live for 18 months without a head. Well, no scratch, where you do not misread. What happen? The chicken has turned into zombie chickens? On 09/10/1945, Lloyd Olsen and his wife Clara want a bunch of chicken meat at their ranch in Fruita, Colorado. Olsen will cut the head of a chicken and his wife will clean up everything else. But among 40-50 chicken meat that day that Olsen has a different expression than the rest. Troy Waters, great-grandson of Olsen recounts that: “He cut her head off the chicken, but finished with one child still alive.” The chicken when he was still struggling, running continuously not stop. It is then placed in a box of old apple lying on the porch during brought. Lloyd Olsen until waking up the next morning, he went out to see what happens. “The monster is still alive!” Waters said.
Waters’s wife, Christa Waters said: “It’s a weird part of our family history.” Waters told this story as a kid, when his grandfather was bedridden patients moved into the house of Waters. Meanwhile, Waters and his bedroom in the adjacent should try every night, he would not sleep that runs to hear him tell stories.
Waters said: “He brought the chickens to town to sell in meat markets. He was also carrying roosters alive longer follow, then comes back on the car his old horse. He threw it on the truck, and then use the chicken to bet beer or something with others that chickens are still alive even without a head. “
Information headless chickens still alive of Olsen quickly spread throughout the region. A local newspaper has to interview reported on the case of Olsen and a vaudeville performer named Hope Wade also reached nearly 500 km distance from Salt Lake City, Utah to come. Meanwhile, Wade proposed to Olsen that bring the chicken come together to demonstrate and earn extra money.
Waters said: “In the 1940s, they have a small farm, and life is difficult.” Thus, they accepted the proposal of Wade. First, they reached Salt Lake City and the University of Utah to chickens are undergoing trials. There are rumors that the scientists at the University of Utah was the first operation of many chickens have been cut out see which one still alive. And it also spread to the prestigious magazine Life Magazine. They seek and record the strange story about Mike the headless chicken – the story had made a name of Hope Wade. Lloyd, Clara and Mike begin their journey across America. They arrived in California and Arizona, Hope Wade continues to Mike to perform in the southeastern United States, and spouses Olsen to return to work in their farms.
Still, the whole journey of Clara Mike still carefully recorded and preserved to this day. Meanwhile, they get a lot of questions and not a visit content is also positive. There are people who for Olsen as fascist, others demanded from Alaska Mike switch legs to grab a wooden leg. Many curious people also travel to Olsen’s house to learn about the headless chicken. But after the initial tour, Olsen want headless chicken continues to bring to Phoenix, Arizona next disaster strikes in the spring of 1947.
The chicken died in Phoenix. Let Mike eat, Olsen has little water and liquid food directly into its esophagus. At the same time they clean the syringe to suck the mucus in its throat. On the night that Mike died, everyone was sleeping in motels were awakened by the sound of a chicken is suffocating. When finding the syringe in order to save the chicken, then remembered that they had left in place prior to the exhibition and find out something replacement, Mike died of asphyxiation.
Waters said: “For years I always said he was selling chicken for a vaudeville performer. However it was not until his later years, he admitted that the chickens have died in his arms that night. I think he never wanted to admit that was laying golden eggs for chickens died on her hands. “
However, Olsen has never said what he did after chickens died. Waters said: “I bet he did throw a chicken in the desert somewhere on the way from Phoenix, it is located by the road and might have fed to the wolves.” Then there are scientists who have been studying , analyst Mike earlier? How it can live for 18 months after the first cut?
According to Dr. Tom Smulders, an expert at the Center chicken behavior and evolution at the University of Newcastle animals probably chickens have not bled to death. In fact, that Mike can continue to operate without a head is easy to explain.
For, if the first loss will lead to loss of brain completely. For the chicken, it was different. Smulders explained: “You will be very surprised to learn that very little chicken brains concentrated in the front of the head. Brain mainly concentrated in the rear of the skull, immediately after launch.
“The report pointed out that the mine, face, eyes and ears as well as all other parts of the chicken head have been removed from the body by a slashes. But Smulders estimated that up to 80% by weight of the chicken brain – portion control almost everything in its body, including heart rate, breathing, eating and digestion are intact. That may explain why Mike can then survive. The reason is that the entire brain stem is still attached to the body. Later when science has developed, it was revealed to the brain stem as a critical component of the brain. Smulders adds: “Most birds brain that we know can really be seen as the brain stem. In the 1800s, the concept was used to describe brain organs in birds equivalent in mammals is completely wrong. “
So why one can not create a 2nd Mike? The answer may be because great precision strikes by Olsen, into place the necessary, but also the right time to clot blood clot begins to prevent Mike bleed to death. In fact, after stories emerged Cock, who was rumored at that Olsen has earned a lot of money, many people feel that it’s dirty money. However,
Waters said, “He has to earn a little money from the chicken. He bought additional fodder crusher 1, 2 tractors instead of horses asses. And also a little luxury with the 1946 Chevrolet pickup, though, he was a farmer until his death with life by scratching the dirt. “