The inhabitants of a South African village were shocked to discover a deformed ‘half lamb, half human’ creature. Authorities rushed to calm them down, and assured the frightened villagers that the animal was not the product of bestiality.
Villagers were terrified to find the deformed stillborn
The village of Lady Frere, Eastern Province, South Africa, was shaken by the birth of a frightening specimen which spookily resembled a human being. An ewe gave birth to the stillborn which had hooves and looked like a devilish mix of lamb and human. There’s no need to mention that the 4,000 villagers were horrified after thinking they had witnessed a sinister event.
The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform from Eastern Cape reassured the inhabitants they had nothing to worry about. They performed an analysis on the deformed lamb and could confirm it was not born of human sperm and sheep ovum.
The creature was the product of an infection
Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi, the chief of Veterinary Services, admitted that the creature looks strikingly human, but no bestiality events occurred. They discovered that the sheep got infected with Rift Valley Fever during the first trimester of its pregnancy, so its fetus acquired a bizarre shape.
Before this confirmation came, the photo of the deformed animal went viral, and amazed everybody with its human resemblance. The creature has a pink and hairless body, and a rounded head, which made everybody admit that its shape was eerily anthropomorphic.
However, experts insisted on stressing that it is impossible for an ewe to bear a human’s child. Sheep have 28 chromosome pairs, while humans have 23. Therefore, a man-sheep baby cannot be conceived, and this is important to know in order to dispel such myths. What is important for farmers to know right now is to take all the measures and protect the animals against viral infections.
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