After the DNA testing there have been no reports of any intent of legal action, from either Dixon or KFC, but the fried chicken giant did feel an apology was in order.

KFC Spokesman Rodrigo Coronel said: “The right thing for this customer to do is to apologise and cease making false claims about the KFC brand.”

The widely-known food-chain also commented that Dixon has refused to communicate directly with KFC officials. On June 12, Dixon posted the photo on Facebook, with the investigation being launched within a matter of hours.

Although the food in the photo does look incredibly rat-shaped, it must have simply been a piece of chicken with a large ‘off-shoot’ of breading, although it is not clear from the photo whether or not the ‘tail’ shape is even attached.

KFC Rat Hoax

Dixon claimed to have purchased the food at a KFC at Wilmington Avenue in LA, but the restaurant owner said the CCTV does not show him as an actual customer. From the very beginning KFC claimed that it was a hoax.

Dixon was equally as adamant that it was a rate when he wrote: ‘Honestly, it doesn’t matter what others think. I know what I bit into and what it looks like. Never in my life have I seen a chicken strip with a long tail.’

The photos on Facebook have been shared over 138,000 times and have since made international news. So now many people have indeed seen a chicken strip with a long tail – along with Dixon telling a tall tale.

If you require a DNA test then please contact our friendly customer service team on 0333 600 1300 or info@alphabiolabs.co.uk, but please do not send us any breaded meats. We specialise in DNA relationship tests for peace of mind, for immigration purposes and also legal DNA testing… not rodents and poultry.