A video captured a piece of raw chicken meat crawling off a plate before it flipped, flopped, and dropped itself off the table.
The 34-second video was posted on Facebook early in July by Rie Phillips. While Phillips’ public information revealed that she was from Florida, it’s unclear where the incident took place.
While the chopsticks present at the bottom left of the footage gave out a clue that the video was probably taken at an Asian restaurant; it could be Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or a similar cuisine-based restaurant.
The video gained more than 24 million views and drew thousands of comments from viewers. Some said that the footage was probably doctored and that it was fascinatingly faked.
Others stated that the phenomenon was likely caused by nerves that were still intact and active. One person commented, “I have no idea [what] that is but it’s moving because the nerves are still active and basically twitching. This is the same scenario with some fish when fresh, they tend to contract so it looks as if they’re still alive even though they’re already bisected."
Another viewer wrote, “Muscles contract when salt or any stimulant like it is present, much like how worms start to go crazy after you put some salt in there.”
It is usually advised that people should not eat raw chicken because of the high risk of food poisoning.
According to Consumer Reports, there are as many as two-thirds of chickens bought in the United States that possibly contain either Salmonella, Campylobacter, or both.
“Salmonella bacteria live in the gut of many farm animals, especially chicken. It can cause an infection of the intestinal tract in humans,” Healthline.com wrote.