However, villagers in South Africa’s Chris Hani district are convinced that one of their ewes has given birth to a half-sheep, half-human “devil lamb.”
One villager is quoted as saying:
Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned.
The creature was born with pink skin, a humanoid face and hooves.
Some believe it to be the product of a human-sheep union, while others believe that the animal was the result of a sheep injected with male sperm.
It is not a human-sheep hybrid, you’ll be glad to know.
Agricultural officials from the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development confirm that the images are real, and the stillborn foetus was a lamb, according to the Mail Online:
100 per cent lamb.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi said:
While at a glance it resembles a human form, it is not human but a deformed stillborn lamb sired by a sheep and subsequently infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.
It is not unusual for animals to be infected in the early stages of a pregnancy, and the lamb had become pregnant during a time of heavy rainfall. This is when mosquitos, known to be vectors of Rift Valley Fever, are rife.
The infection affected the lamb in the womb, which made it develop deformities, including a misshapen head, the result of excessive fluid in the brain, a small brain, and an underdeveloped jaw.
Dr Mrwebi continued:
We call on the local community not to panic over this deformed lamb. We can confirm that this deformed lamb is not a progeny of sheep ovum and a human sperm.