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The Geep! Rare Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born in Ireland

Behold the geep in all of its goat-sheep glory in the video above!

Irish sheep farmer Paddy Murphy noticed a goat mating with one of his white Cheviot sheep a while back, but thought little of it. Until, that is, a suspiciously goat-like baby emerged from the mama sheep five months later.

“I only have white-faced Cheviot sheep, and when this one came out, it was black,” Murphy told Irish Farmers Journal about delivering the babe one night. “That sometimes happens. But the next morning I said to myself, this isn’t a lamb at all, it’s more like a goat.”

“It was moving a bit too quickly for a lamb, its legs were very long and he even has horns like a goat,” he said. Such hybrids are considered highly unique; when a successful mating does occur between a goat and a sheep, the offspring is usually stillborn.

When asked if he’d consider breeding more, Murphy said, “Oh no, this is a pure shock to the system — a one-off thing.”

Murphy, who also acts as proprietor of the Ballymore Eustace pub in County Kildare, Ireland, said he is planning to start a competition to name the baby to raise funds to help a sick child in the village.

 

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1:23PM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Cute. Also, happy they are not trying for a repeat. Those half-breeds are in for terrible ridicule from other full breeds of both species.

2:20PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

sweet glad it was not bred on purpose though - just one of nature's little whimsies. thank you

12:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

thanks

10:29AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

I like it!

10:28AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

A geep ;)

3:58PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Goats of all sizes are great at keeping overgrowth of vegetation under control including those who have large yards.

3:55PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Glad to see the mother sheep taking good care of her baby. Even happier the sheep farmer isn't going to try to deliberately breed these hybrid goat + sheep = geep. It's one thing to have this happen naturally between two species but it's a whole other thing when it's not. ps male goats are known for trying to mate outside their species.

8:41AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

weird

9:39AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

What a sweetie and totally attached to Mum. I hope he has a long and happy life. Nothing wrong with black wool either, the farmer could sell it for more than the white because it is so unique.

7:01AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

He's a cute little guy with all the wooly fur of a sheep and the sweet face of a goat, looks like his mama is very taken with him too.

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