South African villagers were terrified when they saw this still-born creature for the first time, they deemed it as being “sent by the devil.”
[Editor’s Note: some people may find the following pictures disturbing]
At least that is what The Sun reports of the 4000 inhabitants of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa.
Farmers and townsfolk alike believed it is half-human and half-sheep.
The pink humanoid-looking form may seem to resemble something otherworldly at first, but Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi said it is a sheep plain and simple.
“We can confirm this not a hoax photo but that the severely deformed lamb was born by a sheep in Lady Frere this week which at a glance resembles a human form.
“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.
“It is worth noting that a sheep has 28 pairs of chromosomes while humans have 23 pairs which is important in dispelling the myth that a union of a sheep ovum and a human sperm can lead to a development of a viable life form.
“The deformed lamb exhibits signs that are consistent with an early fetal development that went wrong as a result of a viral infection and nothing more”
Dr. Mrwebi gives his professional analysis of the phenomenon which he attributes to wetter weather and more mosquitos carrying viruses which cause Rift Valley Fever in sheep.
“The infected fetus then, as a result, failed to form properly, leading to the deformity that it became. It does look like a human form but it is not part human at all.”
But villagers think it is more witchcraft than biology.
Said one resident, “The elders when they saw it said it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep and then there was panic.
Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned.”