So this is a bizarre story with some hard to look at pictures so if you’re a bit squirmy we would advise clicking on ASAP.
Locals in Chris Hani District Municipality, the Eastern Cape province of South Africa turning on each other as the superstitious villagers accused each other dabbling in witchcraft after a deformed lamb was born.
Locals believed the sheep had given birth to a demon that was half human half lamb. Agriculture officials from the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development confirm that the animal was real when the pictures when viral causing others to think the images were fake.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi, added that tests confirmed that the foetus was a lamb – despite its appearance.
He said: ‘We would like to confirm that the severely deformed lamb that was born to a sheep in Lady Frere this week.
‘While at a glance it resembles a human form, it is not human but a deformed stillborn lamb sired by a sheep and subsequently infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.
It is not uncommon for pregnant animals to be infected by viruses early in their pregnancy.
‘Virus infections in early stages of pregnancy may infect the foetus and lead to the development of malformations in the growing foetus. It is likely that this is what happened to the Lady Frere sheep.
‘We call on the local community not to panic over this deformed lamb.
‘We can confirm that this deformed lamb is not a progeny of sheep ovum and a human sperm.’