Residents and farmers of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa, have been freaking out over the birth of a mutant, deformed sheep that looks half-human.
The superstitious villagers believe that this is a sign of bestiality and witchcraft.
Panic amongst townspeople was so large that the local government had to call in experts to perform tests and medical examinations on the sheep.
The Daily Mail reports:
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being but was not part human.
Dr Mrwebi said: ‘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 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.
‘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.
‘The deformed lamb exhibits signs that are consistent with an early foetal development that went wrong as a result of a viral infection and nothing more’ he said.
Dr Mrwebi said that the gestation period for a sheep is five months, and that meant that the particular sheep was conceived in late December 2016 or early January 2017.
Experts say the deformity could be due to a disease gotten from a mosquito, which is common in the area. Mosquito season haunts both people and livestock. Many of the mosquitos carry diseases.
The top expert on the case believes that the sheep contracted an RVF virus from a mosquito, or another pest. Hopefully this information will be enough to calm the villagers.