Elders in a remote South African village are terrified, believing that a deformed, stillborn lamb that resembled a human was “sent by the devil” and born as a result of bestiality and witchcraft.
After images of the monster began to circulate throughout the rural community of Lady Frere in Eastern Province, the superstitious residents believed it was part human.
Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi, the Eastern Province’s Chief Director of Veterinary Services, acknowledged that the stillborn lamb resembled a human but was not part human.
Superstitious locals at the farming town of Lady Frere, in South Africa, believed the deformed creature was part human-part beast. Picture: Supplied
He said the lamb was infected with Rift Valley Fever early in the pregnancy, a fever-causing viral disease common in eastern and southern African sheep and cattle-raising regions.
“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.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr Lubabalo Mrwebi confirmed the lamb resembled a human but was not part human. Picture: Supplied
“We can confirm this not a hoax photo but that the severely deformed lamb was born by a sheep in Lady Frere this week, which at a glance resembles a human form,” Dr Mrwebi said.
The lamb was born dead and is said to have suffered problems while developing in the womb
The Sun has reported a villager was quoted as saying: “The 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.
Panicked locals believe the deformed creature was sent by the devil, conceived by a coupling between a man and a sheep. Picture: Supplied
“Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned” he said.
The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development is doing a post-mortem on the lamb, and the results will be made available to the inhabitants of the rural community