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Deformed Lamb Causes Panic

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Deformed Lamb Causes Panic

Deformed Lamb Causes Panic

South Africa – A sheep gave birth to a stillborn deformed lamb, and people took it too far. In the Easter Cape province, Chris Hani District Municipality, villagers are fiercely divided over what the sheep gave birth to and what it means.

The stillborn lamb had pink skin and hooves, the deformities in its skull made it look vaguely human, which lead some to say it is a demon. Others have taken a slightly more scientific route and said that the animal is the result of a human/sheep hybrid, how the sheep was inseminated is a mystery. Still more are convinced that the images of the unfortunate creature are all an elaborate hoax.

Well, they’re all wrong, it’s not a demon, no one was sneaking around the sheep at night, and the images are very real. Unfortunately for the lamb, its mother contracted Rift Valley Fever early on in her pregnancy. For pregnant animals who contract Rift Valley Fever, the rate of abortion is almost 100%. Rift Valley Fever can be serious, with more than 90% of infected lambs dying and around 10% of adult sheep, goats are also at a high risk for contracting the fever.

After the public reaction to the appearance of the lamb, tests were performed on the animal to confirm just what it was. Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi, Chief Director of Veterinary Services, said that the tests did confirm that, despite its bizarre appearance it was a lamb fetus.

“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 fetus and lead to the development of malformations in the growing fetus. It is likely that this is what happened to the Lady Frere sheep. We call on the community not to panic over this deformed lamb. We can confirm that this deformed lamb is not a progeny of seep ovum and a human sperm.”

Thankfully there are immunizations available for the Rift Valley Fever, which must be administered to herds only when no outbreak is active. The RVF is also a danger to humans but can be treated with modern medicine. RVF is transmitted through mosquitos bites.

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