Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Human-Faced Lamb Story

When it comes to sterling works of journalism, we all know exactly where to turn. Fox News. But when it comes to still born lambs with human faces with just teensy-weensy bit of bestiality thrown in, where would you go? You got it, Fox News. The headline, itself, is a work of tabloid art, promising much titillation in the name of science.

Human-Faced Lamb Result Of Unnatural Act?
I mean, seriously how could enquiring minds not want to know more? The article reports that last week that in a village outside of Izmir, Veterinarian Erhan Elibol, 29, delivered by Cesarean a lamb with a human-like 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. Veterinarians said that the rare mutation most likely occurred as a result of improper nutrition since the fodder for the lamb’s mother was abundant with vitamin A, reports.

But you ask, where are the naughty bits promised in the headline? The article continues with a similar incident in Africa:

A goat from Zimbabwe gave birth to a similar youngster in September 2009. 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," he added.

The mutant creature was hairless. Local residents said that even dogs were afraid to approach the bizarre animal. The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation.

So the alleged "messing with the sheep aspect" never allegedly even happened here. That was a goat. An African goat. Not a Turkish sheep. Marvelous, it slanders a village, a governor, a nation and the virtue of all Turkish sheep.

Never mind, Nomadic View sent our investigative team to the village in order to get exclusive photos of the lamb. Lawyers have insisted that I warn that some readers may find the pic below disturbing.


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