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Rare 'goat-sheep' born on a farm in Ireland


Posted on Friday, 4 April, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

The 'geep'. Image Credit: YouTube / Sky News
Farmer Pat Murphy was shocked to discover that one new arrival was a cross between a goat and a sheep.
The peculiar cross-breed came about when one of the farm's goats managed to get in to an enclosure with a number of young sheep. The brown "geep" appears to possess features of both species including a woolly coat and two horns on the top of its head.

The discovery was particularly surprising as a cross between these two animals is quite rare and there were no indications of anything unusual during the birth. Despite its unorthodox appearance however its mother has taken to him as though he were a regular infant.

Murphy has stated that he doesn't intend to try and breed any more however he isn't sure what fate has in store for the new arrival.

"We'll try and keep it as long as we can," he said.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (14)

Tags: Goat, Sheep, Geep


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by ancient astronaut on 4 April, 2014, 22:38
Why not call it a SHOAT?
Comment icon #6 Posted by sea-dove on 5 April, 2014, 4:40
That billy goat must of been quite randy.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 6 April, 2014, 2:43
He was a baaaaaaaad goat. The mother probably feels a little sheepish.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 6 April, 2014, 21:04
The mother is very protective, I hope he keeps the little goamb.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Peter B on 7 April, 2014, 4:06
...What would they label the meat from that adorable little guy? Goat or lamb? Glam? ;-)
Comment icon #10 Posted by maximusnow on 7 April, 2014, 15:11
Horney goat weed
Comment icon #11 Posted by moonshadow60 on 8 April, 2014, 14:11
Ancient Astronaut; a young pig is a shoat after weaning, so there is already an animal called by that name.
Comment icon #12 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 8 April, 2014, 16:50
It does certainly look cute.
Comment icon #13 Posted by calaf on 13 April, 2014, 22:19
Why not call it a SHOAT? I think that name has already been taken.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ancient astronaut on 15 April, 2014, 0:19
Ancient Astronaut; a young pig is a shoat after weaning, so there is already an animal called by that name. My bad, I apologize for my animalian ignorance.


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