Cole and I lose our heads sharing creepy stories of ghost animals missing their heads! (or even other body parts)

TRIGGER WARNING: Ghost animals are most often dead animals. If they’re missing their heads, they obviously died a gruesome death! Though no animals were harmed during the making of this episode, we will be dancing around suggestions of animal cruelty or mutilation.

Discussed are spooky tales of a ghost cow with a detached floating head, a frozen ghost chicken in London, haunted slaughterhouses, headless phantom dogs, a man who turned into a flaming turkey, mountain lion taxidermies coming to life, and even a cursed skeleton of a freakin’ donkey!

As this episode was already dead on arrival, we also consistently deviate into movie tangents, random biology lectures, and cringy jokes which will make the listener’s head fall off!


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Cole Herrold for doing amazing research and digging up so many obscure stories about such a specific weird-ass topic!

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Intro sampled from “Something strange lurks in the shadows” by Francisco Sánchez (@fanchisanchez)

Sound effects obtained from



The Cambria County Ghost Cow – Paranormal World Wiki

The Ghost Dog of Tingewick – Burials & Beyond

The Frozen Ghost Chicken of Highgate Cole’s article

Headless Mule – Wikipedia

Mike the Headless Chicken – Wikipedia

Elliott O’Donnell (2006): Animal Ghosts Or Animal Hauntings and the Hereafter. IndyPublish

Darren Zenko (2004): Ghost Stories of Pets and Animals. Ghost House Books

Andrew Gable (2012): The Mystery Animals of Pennsylvania. cfz

Mary Beth Crain (2011): Haunted Pet Stories: Tales Of Ghostly Cats, Spooky Dogs, And Demonic Bunnies. Globe Pequot

Conrad & Burgess (2017): The Headless Dog: and Other Extraordinary Far-Fetched True Tales of Central Pennsylvania. Salem Swamp Press

Tom Ogden (2014): Haunted Colleges and Universities: Creepy Campuses, Scary Scholars, and Deadly Dorms. Globe Pequot

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