According to Durisis, some of the Indians have connection with beasts, and from this union a mixture of half man, half beast, is produced.
—Pliny the Elder
The Natural History, VII, ii
Note: It has been my policy in listing reports of hybrids to include all evidence and serious allegations, especially those of scholars, whether or not the hybrid alleged seems possible or likely to me. This policy, I think, helps to eliminate subjective judgment on my part, and therefore should remove at least one source of systematic bias from my work. It also helps to fulfill the ethical obligation of telling not just the truth, but the whole truth.
Note: Caprinids are members of a division of Family Bovidae that includes goats and sheep.
In recent years, there have been many allegations of caprinid-human hybrids on the internet. This page provides links to and photos from quite a few such stories available on line, as well as several YouTube videos. As usual, no opinion is offered as to the authenticity of these reports. Let the reader judge.
|Video above: A "lamb" with human-like face birthed in Dagestan.|
|Two videos above: Human-like offspring birthed by a goat in Mombasa, Kenya|
A Turkish Case
The following excerpt from the English language version of the Russian newspaper Pravda describes the case pictured in the video above (read the full article).
Sheep Gives Birth to Human-Faced Lamb in Turkey
A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The animal was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.
Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal 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.
“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed lamb, a two-headed lamb, a five-legged lamb. 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 — the eyes, the nose and the mouth — only the ears were those of a sheep.
A Nigerian Case
The following excerpt from the Nigerian newspaper The Daily Sun describes an ostensible human-sheep hybrid (pictured above), which was birthed by a sheep at Sokoto, Nigeria in 2012 (read the full article).
Pandemonium in Sokoto … As sheep gives birth to monster baby
Residents of Sokoto metropolis are yet to come to terms with the unbelievable incident that occurred in the city recently. That was when a sheep gave birth to a monstrous being at a government owned veterinary clinic in the Sokoto State capital.
The date was Monday, January 22, this year. The news suddenly came into town at about 5pm that a monster-like creature had been discovered in a sheep’s womb during an operation carried out by some veterinary surgeons in the state.
Daily Sun gathered that the inability of the sheep to deliver made it necessary for the surgeons to carry out the operation, after which the sheep was delivered of the monster baby that looked half-human.
Another Nigerian Case
In September 2012 various news sources reported that a woman in Jahun, Nigeria gave birth to a baby with the legs and lower body of a goat (pictured above). Jahun is a Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Nigeria. Few details are available, but this report is unusual because 1) a human mother is alleged and 2) the body of the "baby" was human above the waist and goat below, the same configuration as shown in ancient Greek and Roman art. (Note the presence of hoofs on the rear extremities in the picture.)
One of two human-like offspring birthed by a goat in a village in southern India in 2014 (see below)An Indian Case
The following excerpt from an Indian newspaper, the Deccan Chronicle describes the case pictured above (read the full article).
Goat gives birth to human-like babies
Mysuru: It is one of those freak surprises thrown by nature. A goat at the Solapur hamlet in H.D. Kote taluk [i.e., Heggadadevana Kote, a taluk or taluk headquarters in the Mysore, or Mysuru, district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka] in Karnataka has given birth to two stillborn kids on Monday with a striking resemblance to a human face.
The goat gave birth to first human-like still-born kid at around 6.30 am. Five hours later it delivered another kid, this time a female with human features.
The incident became talk of the town instantly.
Nearly 70 per cent of the features are human-like. The eyes, nose and mouth resemble a human baby. Even the limbs are like that of a human. Only ears and foot were those of a goat.
An Argentine Case:
A Zimbabwean Case
Exclusive: Meet the human goat
by Lindie Whiz
THESE are the shocking pictures of the human-like creature born from a goat in central Zimbabwe.
Defying science, the dead human-like being survived for several hours after birth on Sunday but died later as shocked villagers gathered in rural Maboleni, 40 miles out of the Midlands town of Gweru, to witness the “miracle”.
The creature, which was incinerated by superstitious villagers before it could be taken for lab tests, had what looks like a human head, face, nose, mouth, neck and shoulders but also had goat legs and a tail. It also had human-like skin and back.
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By the same author: Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, Oxford University Press (2006).