You may have seen all sorts of appearances in the animal kingdom, even under the title of deformity, but this baby lamb truly sends chills down the spine. Born to a sheep in the settlement of Lady Frere in South Africa, the lamb has already been branded by the frightened farmers and inhabitants as the spawn of Devil himself.
Superstitious in their beliefs, many of the 4000 that reside in the village see the unnatural from of the stillborn lamb as a sign, with the elders saying “it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep.” Their fear stirred the authorities, and the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to the field to evaluate the situation.
Although the creature does look “unsightly,” to say the least, Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi, Chief Director of Veterinary Services, states that it’s no more than a “severely deformed lamb born by a sheep.”
“It is not however human but a deformed stillborn lamb sired by a sheep and was subsequently infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.”
Explaining that due to the number of chromosome pairs (28 pairs of chromosomes in sheep, 23 pairs in humans) a union between a sheep and a human could never result in a viable life form. Dr Mrwebi dismisses any such claims and assures the public that the sheep is just… a sheep.
The deformity has likely happened due to a viral infection that influenced the early fetal development, explains Chief Director, and though it might be the most unusual sight to be seen, it’s not the first time it happened. The “half-sheep half-human” baby was seen several years back in Nigeria, causing an outrage by the locals at the time. With a similar freakish occurrence happening again, it might start raising questions of the origins of such deformities.