Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates 39th Anniversary of When He Bit Head Off Bat

by Halle Ames

Not something we are proud to report, but today is a very strange day in the history books. Today we… celebrate the 39th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s insane gesture of biting the head off a bat.

PETA, chime in whenever.

Not only is he proud of this moment in his decorated history, but he is also selling plush toys to celebrate! Oh yes, you too can own a bat with a removable head for the small price of $40… Seriously, what is going on?

“The Ozzy Osbourne Plush Bat is a web exclusive. Bring the legendary moment in rock history to life with this soft toy Plush Bat, featuring the Ozzy Osbourne logo and a velcro detachable head,” said Osbourne’s website.

In a post from this morning, the rocker shared a colorful tweet seeming very proud of the moment while promoting the bat toy.

“Today marks the 39th anniversary since I bit a head off a f*cking bat! Celebrate with this commemorative plush with detachable head.”

Don’t Let Ozzy Osbourne Pet Sit For You

A little background on Ozzy Osbourne is that he is known to do things like this in his past while not entirely there if you know what we mean. Lights on, no one home situation.

Osbourne has now made a habit out of the animal antics with two doves, and this bat all meeting the inside of his mouth. This has to be illegal, right?

But the bat carcass made its way onto the stage in 1982, while the “Prince of Darkness” was playing a show in Des Moines, Iowa. Ozzy Osbourne spotted the creature, misjudged it for a rubber toy, and took a bite out of its head. It quickly became apparent that the bat was not rubber. He later told a reporter that the consistency of the dirty animal “was crunchy.”

There goes our appetite.

According to Best Classic Bands, Ozzy Osbourne goes into further detail on the situation in his memoir.

“Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin.”


The now 72-year-old artist also revealed that immediately following the show, he saw a doctor to begin a round of rabies shots. Probably for the best.