A "geep" – a hybrid part-goat, part-sheep animal – has been born on a farm in Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare, Ireland. And of course, this was not planned, despite the fact that farmer Paddy Murphy sighted the mating of a goat and a Cheviot ewe five months ago. Until the geep’s birth, he had forgotten about it until now.
Mr Murphy says he plans to raise the as yet unnamed animal more as a lamb than a goat, although there is evidence of it starting to developing caprine horns. He’s simply referred to as "geep" until a name is chosen.
And while cross-breeds are not uncommon, they’re still very rare. Here are some more hybrid animals that have reached the news in recent years:
- Zonkey: Ippo the Zonkey, the rare offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey, was born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy, after a zebra hopped over a fence to mate with a donkey. Read More
- Donkra: After a union with a male donkey and a female zebra, this rare "donkra" was born at the Haicang Zoo in China. Although the adorable little fellow almost died during delivery, he’s doing well. Read More
- Liliger: Kiara the Liliger is the world’s first cross-breed between a male African lion and a female liger (itself a cross-breed between a lion and a tiger), which was born in a Siberian zoo. Read More
Nature can produce some weird, wonderful and beautiful things and these are just some examples of that.