The Chicken Boy And Other Stories
By James Donahue
There is a strange tale about a Fijian man who was reportedly raised in a chicken coop and consequently
behaves like a chicken.
His name is Kumar, who at age thirty-two is now under the care of Elizabeth Clayton, widow of the
late famed New Zealand mountain climber Roger Buick. Clayton said when she first met Kumar he pecked at his food and crouched
down as if roosting. He communicates by making a rapid clicking noise with his tongue.
As the story is told, Kumar’s mother committed suicide and his father was murdered when he was
very young. The grandfather locked him in a chicken coop where he then lived for years. He apparently escaped the coop and
was found in the middle of a road. Authorities took him to a welfare home in Suva where he was found by Clayton.
In Clyndon, Maryland, people are amazed at a strange beast that has moved into their neighborhood.
They can’t identify it so are calling it a "hyote," since it looks like a cross between a hyena and a coyote. The creature
lives in a woods, but is friendly and comes right up to people’s houses. It was photographed by a local television network.
While everybody knows that a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey, and that they are sterile.
A mule in Dorikha, Bhutan, a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas, reportedly gave birth to a foal. "Book on mules say that it is
impossible," said Dr. Tashi Samdrup. "Investigation done in some countries, however, found out that the mules turned out to
be donkeys in reality." Since the mule that got impregnated roams free, nobody knows just what kind of animal it mated with.
In Birmingham, England, a two-year-old boy was brought back to life more than seven hours after he
was found drowned and frozen in a garden pond. The boy’s parents began heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
before paramedics arrived, then hospital personnel brought him back to life with constant heart massage and slowly warming
his frozen body. The heart began beating after five hours and eventually the boy made a full recovery. Doctors say the fact
that the body got as cold as it did, protected the brain during the time the heart and lungs stopped pumping critical blood
A severed human hand mysteriously dropped out of the sky and onto the deck of a yacht docked at Long
Island, New York, interrupting a party. The boat’s owner told police he heard a noise, went out on the deck and found
the hand. Authorities don’t know where it came from or whose hand it is.
Then there is the strange case of a woman in Traverse City, Michigan, who gets angry call-back messages
from irate people all over the country who accuse her of making harassing telephone calls. They say Becky Sivek makes up to
twenty or more calls to their number in a day, then hangs up when they answer the ring. They track the source of the call
through caller identification. But Sivek says she is not making the calls. She doesn’t even have long distance service.
And authorities say the calls don’t show up on her monthly telephone bill.