Rare goat-sheep 'geep' born on Irish farm

Hybrid animal has even started to develop a pair of horns

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A rare goat-sheep hybrid has been born on an Irish farm, much to the surprise of a farmer who said the ‘geep’ is thriving since its birth.

The healthy geep was born two weeks ago to a ewe at Paddy Murphy's farm in County Kildare and is believed to be the result of a goat mating with one of the sheep farmer's Cheviot ewes.

This form of cross-breading is extremely rare because of the genetic distance between both species. The geep usually dies either during the pregnancy, or is stillborn.

Mr Murphy told the Irish Farmers Journal he had seen a goat mating with the ewe on the farm five months ago, but had initially though nothing of it.

He now hopes to look after the geep for as long as possible and has no plans to send it to slaughter.

"He's absolutely thriving," Mr Murphy told RTÉ News. "He's running around a lot quicker than the other lambs which were born. He has much longer legs"

"The ewe has taken to him like he's just another lamb. There's no difference in how he's been reared."

The animal has even developed a set of horns, he added.

Mr Murphy said he might have a competition at Murphy's pub, which he also owns, to name the creature. "There has been a lot of interest down here with the locals, " he said.

Video courtesy of the Irish Farmers Journal, view the original article here.