Rare ‘geep’ hybrid born on Irish farm
NewsFriday 04 April 2014
A hybrid animal, which is part goat and part sheep, has been born on a farm in the Republic of Ireland.
The animal was born around two weeks ago on Paddy Murphy’s farm in County Kildare and has been referred to as a geep.
It is thought that the animal was born as the result of mating between a goat and one of the Cheviot ewes that belongs to Mr Murphy.
According to the BBC, he said that the cross-breeding was not intentionally done and he described the results as a “pure shock to the system” and he also went on to say that it would be a “one-off” event on his farm.
When speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal he went on to say: “I’ve never seen anything like him before.”
Mr Murphy has been involved in sheep farming for “generations” and he confirmed that the geep appeared to be healthy and “thriving”.
It was also reported to have been able to run faster than the other lambs that were born around the same time.
“He’s unbelievable” said Mr Murphy, “he’s so fast you’d have to get him into the pen to catch him”.
During “tupping” season, five months ago, Mr Murphy said he saw a goat mating with ewes on his farm. However, he said that he had given the matter little thought until the geep appeared.
The new arrival has, however, caused a lot of laughter in the pub, when he showed mobile phone pictures of the hybrid to his customers and friends.
Apparently this is the first time that a geep had been reported to have been born in Ireland and Mr Murphy said that the animal was now developing a set of horns on its head.
A spokeswoman for Ulster Farmers Union the said the live birth of a so-called geep is a very rare event and they are not aware of any currently in existence in Northern Ireland.
She said this form of cross-breeding, on the rare occasion it does occur, is likely to involve a buck goat and a ewe.
However, the geep usually dies during the ewe's pregnancy or is stillborn.
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