Locals in South Africa gasped in terror when a sheep gave birth to what they believe is a “half-human-half-beast sent by the devil,” after village elders warned that the creature is a product of witchcraft.

The event shook the entire Eastern Cape district, forcing Rural Development authorities to send experts to analyze the creature.

Image credit: The Sun
Image credit: The Sun

They determined that the photos are 100 percent authentic, although it is not a human, but rather a stillborn lamb. Doctors also assured that despite the fact that the creature looks like a human baby because sheep have 28 pairs of chromosomes and humans have 23, it is not possible to have a half-man half-sheep.

Not “a spawn of the devil.”

Even after veterinary officials arrived at the scene, locals were fearful due to their superstitious beliefs, and they are calling for the specimen’s incineration. The scientific explanation is a whole lot less shocking.

“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,” stated one of the villagers.

Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi, head of the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development’s Veterinary Services, analyzed the creature and rapidly concluded that it was not even close from being human. He stated that the beast is a deformed stillborn lamb of a sheep that contracted the Rift Valley Fever. Sheep gestate for five months, meaning that the creature’s conception occurred between December and January.

Coincidentally, in that period there was a high chance of precipitation in the region, which increases the chance of mosquitoes carrying the virus to go out and bite livestock. The Rift Valley Fever virus was transmitted from mother to lamb by blood.

Rift Valley Fever usually affects in domestic animals, but it can also infect humans, contracting it after becoming exposed to blood, body tissues and fluids of an infected animal. When infecting people, the disease rarely shows symptoms other than fever and minor liver damage. Usually, patients recover two weeks after the symptoms start appearing.

A similar case to the one in South Africa occurred in Malaysia in 2016. A farmer handed over to the Malaysian Veterinary Services Department a man-faced creature birthed by a goat. The beast died shortly after birth, and its owner quickly put it in a box filled with ice cubes to preserve it.

“When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like a human baby, but the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat,” stated 63-year-old Ibrahim Basir from Felda.

Felda's man-faced goat. Image credit: The Star
Felda’s man-faced goat. Image credit: The Star

The goat’s owner refused to sell the creature for money. Again, a baby between a man and a goat is impossible due to common goats having 30 pairs of chromosomes. Malaysian authorities did not release a report on the creature’s origin, which perhaps was a mutation due to a viral disease.

Source: The Sun