Before you read further, look at the pic below and tell me what you think the head looks like.
Does that look like a sheep’s head to you? Or does the head look human?
Jamie Pyatt reports for Daily Mail, June 22, 2017, that villagers of Lady Frere in the Eastern Province of South Africa have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to the creature in the pic above, believed by elders to be a half-human half-beast sent by the devil. “Many” of the 4,000 residents and farmers think bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature.
A villager was quoted as saying: ‘”he elders when they saw it said it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep and then there was panic. Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned.”
The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread like wildfire through the community.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi said the photo is not a hoax and admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being. He insisted the creature was not part human, but was a severely deformed lamb that was sired by a sheep that had been infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.
Dr. Mrwebi explained that humans cannot breed with sheep:
“It is worth noting that a sheep has 28 pairs of chromosomes while humans have 23 pairs which is important in dispelling the myth that a union of a sheep ovum and a human sperm can lead to a development of a viable life form. The deformed lamb exhibits signs that are consistent with an early foetal development that went wrong as a result of a viral infection and nothing more.”
Dr. Mrwebi said that the gestation period for a sheep is five months, which meant that the deformed lamb had been conceived in late December 2016 or early January 2017 — a time of plentiful rainfall that brought many mosquitoes and midges which are carriers of viruses that cause the Rift Valley Fever in sheep. Dr. Mrwebi concluded:
“It is fair to assume, therefore, that the [mother] sheep was infected by the RVF virus. The resultant circulation of the virus in the blood found its way through the maternal blood into the uterus and the foetus, which was at a very critical stage of development. The infected foetus then, as a result, failed to form properly, leading to the deformity that it became. It does look like a human form but it is not part human at all.”
The department’s veterinary officials would conduct a post-mortem on the creature and its results will be communicated to the public.
What happened in South Africa is not the first case of a lamb born with a humanlike face.
In 2010, a sheep in Turkey gave birth to a stillborn lamb (see below) with a human-like face. It had human features of eyes, nose and mouth; only the ears were those of a sheep.
On January 13, 2010, AFP reports (via Daily Telegraph) that the lamb was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.
Veterinarian Erhan Elibol, 29, performed a caesarean on the pregnant sheep to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. Elibol said:
“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.”
Vets said that the lamb was a rare mutation due to the mother sheep’s fodder being abundant with vitamin A.
In September 2009, a goat in Zimbabwe, Africa, gave birth to a baby also with a human-like head. 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.It stayed alive for several hours until it was killed by frightened villagers.
The governor of the province where the goat was born said it was the fruit of an 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. 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.”
So can humans actually breed with animals, albeit the offsprings being still births?
Ewen Callaway reports for New Scientist, April 21, 2010, that a genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors had bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice — about 60,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean and, more recently, about 45,000 years ago in eastern Asia, Nature News reports from tge 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Since humans had bred with the different species of Neanderthals, can humans mate with other animal species today?
Writing for Slate, Nov. 14, 2006, Torie Bosch answered “Probably not.” But we don’t really know because ethical considerations preclude definitive research on the subject.
Nevertheless, Bosch insisted that:
“it’s safe to say that human DNA has become so different from that of other animals that interbreeding would likely be impossible. Groups of organisms tend to drift apart genetically when they get separated by geographical barriers . . . . When the two groups come back into contact with each other many, many years later, they may each have evolved to the point where they can no longer mate.
- Pre-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: After so many generations apart, a pair of different species animals might look so different from one another that they’re not inclined to have sex. And if the animals do try to have sex, incompatible genitalia or sperm motility could pose another problem: A human spermatozoon may not be equipped to navigate the reproductive tract of a chimpanzee, for example.
- Post-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: factors that would make it impossible for a hybrid animal fetus to grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring. The further apart two animals are in genetic terms, the less likely they are to produce viable offspring.
Note that the two reasons given for why humans can’t interbreed with animals like sheep and goats are not iron-clad compelling:
(1) The assumption that humans look so different from animals that humans won’t find animals sexually attractive is belied by the fact that there are bestialists. See my posts:
- No joke: Muslim men really do rape goats
- MAGA: Bestialists in retreat after Trump win
- Bestiality just a lifestyle choice: Germany’s bestiality brothels and erotic zoos
- Canada’s Supreme Court legalizes bestiality
- Bestiality with horses is on the rise in Switzerland
- School psychologists behaving badly: bestiality & adultery
- Yale U. hosts workshop teaching “sensitivity” to bestiality & incest
- Sears “family” store goes the bestiality route
- Senate legalizes sodomy-bestiality in U.S. military
- Socialists teach kids bestiality & fisting
- Bestiality on Fox TV
- Another bestiality & child molester story? Director of the CDC? Yup
(2) That a human-animal hybrid can’t grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring, doesn’t mean that such hybrids don’t exist. It simply means that the offspring of a human and an animal is not viable, as in the still-born human-face lambs in South Africa and Turkey, and the human-face goat in Zimbabwe.
Claudia Joseph reports for Daily Mail, March 27, 2007, that scientists had created the world’s first human-sheep chimera, with the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The sheep had 15% human cells and 85% animal cells.
Why would scientists do that? To grow animal organs for transplant into humans.
Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, spent 7 years and £5 million perfecting the technique, which involved injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s foetus. He created a sheep liver with a large proportion of human cells and hoped to precisely match a sheep to a human transplant patient by using the human patient’s own stem cells to create his/her own flock of sheep. The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep’s foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.
Prof. Zanjani said:
“We would take a couple of ounces of bone marrow cells from the patient. We would isolate the stem cells from them, inject them into the peritoneum of these animals and then these cells would get distributed throughout the metabolic system into the circulatory system of all the organs in the body. The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don’t just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails.”
Ethical considerations aside, Dr. Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: “Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV.”
The creation of a sheep that was 15% human happened ten years ago. Since then, biologists’ helter-skelter creation of human-animal chimeras has advanced even further. See:
- Defiling God’s creation: Scientists are creating animal-human hybrids
- Award-winning biologist says Pope Francis gave his blessing to animal-human hybrids
- Urgent: Tell the federal government to ban taxpayer funding of chimera research!
Expect to see more lambs and goats born with human-like faces in the future.
God help us.
H/t Will Shanley