Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sheep bears human-faced lamb in Turkey

Nice story in Pravda this morning (yeah, we read Pravda, "online since January 27th, 1999"):

"A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The calf was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey. "Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal to take the calf out, but was horrified to see that the features of the calf’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face.

“'I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal,' the 29-year-old veterinary said.

"The lamb’s head had human features on – the eyes, the nose and the mouth – only the ears were those of a sheep."

Now, experts have an easy explanation for the rare mutation, which made the lamb only look like a person (it had sheep ears, after all), saying it had something to do with the mama sheep being full of Vitamin A.

We like a second possibility, raised after the birth of a goat with a human head in Zimbabwe in September.

"The mutant baby born with a human-like head stayed alive for several hours until the frightened village residents killed him.

"The governor of the province where the ugly goat was born said that the little goat was the fruit of unnatural relationship between the female goat and a man.

"'This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said. "The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control.

'We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features.'

"...The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation."