ISTANBUL – A sheep has given birth to a stillborn lamb with human features. Beware: not for the squeamish!
Erhan Elibol, a veterinarian, delivered the lamb in a village outside Izmir, Turkey. He was forced to deliver via Cesarean section after the sheep could not push it out.
“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before,” he said. “I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal.”
The lamb’s head had sheep ears, but all of its other features – eyes, nose and mouth – were distinctly human looking!
The mutation is believed to have been caused by the mother sheep having had too much Vitamin A during the pregnancy, which can also cause problems in pregnant human female.
It is unclear what became of the lamb’s corpse once the examination was completed.
The story is very similar to a half-man half-goat creature that was born in Zimbabwe last year. Is there a connection?