A headless chicken has survived a WEEK since being beheaded – and is being fed by its adopted owner to keep it ‘alive’.
Unusual footage shows the chicken still standing notwithstanding only having a bloodied stump where its head used to be.
Earlier this week the headless chicken made headlines around the world as it survived a beheading and was looked after by a kindly vet.
The amazing bird was found in the Mueang Ratchaburi district of Ratchaburi Province in central Thailand.
Now a new video of the incredible creature is going viral, showing monks caring for it by feeding it through a syringe.
The video has been seen almost 400,000 times in the past few days.
According to media reports in Thailand, the kind-hearted monks are from a temple near where the chicken was first photographed in Ratchaburi Province, Central Thailand.
Social media user ‘Noppong Thitthammo’ shared the chicken’s story and later added that vet Vorakran Sriroj’s costs had been paid by donations from well-wishers.
A vet named as Supakadee Arun Thong was the first one reported to have cared for the chicken, feeding it by dropping food down its neck and giving it antibiotics.
She said at the time: ‘The animal has its life. If it wants to live, we feed it.’
Very occasionally, chickens survive being beheaded because of an unusual quirk of their anatomy.
The birds’ brains are in their skulls at an angle, so the rear portion that controls automatic functions such as breathing can be left intact if the chicken is beheaded too high up the neck.
The vet who looked after the chicken called it ‘a true warrior’.
Photographs show the chicken with only a bloodied stump where its head used to be, yet it is still somehow standing up.
The bird still has a long way to go before beating the record for the longest period a chicken has remained standing after decapitation.
A chicken named Mike hit the headlines after it survived for 18 months without a head between 1945 and 1947.
Scientists believe the positioning of a chicken’s head away from the front of its skull could be one of the reasons why Mike survived for so long.
Dr Tom Smulders told the BBC he believed that up to 80% of Mike’s brain – including the part that controls heart rate, breathing and hunger – remained untouched by his decapitation.