Check out this automaton by artist Alan Conquergood. In the scene, a woman is about to take the head off of a chicken, presumably for a meal. All around, a flock of chickens peck away at the ground happily. The woman carefully aligns the axe, then brings it down suddenly. The chicken’s head has vanished and the others suddenly notice that something has happened. The black rooster turns in the direction of the incident. Thankfully, once the deed is done, the chicken’s head soon reappears and the chickens resume eating.
See more automata by Alan Conquergood on his web site.