A sheep in South Africa has given birth to a deformed stillborn lamb that looks like a human baby.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform confirmed that the lamb was delivered by a sheep that was infected with virus during pregnancy.
Chief Director of Veterinary Services, Lubabalo Mrwebi, explained that it was common for pregnant animals to be infected with viruses early in their pregnancy.
Mrwebi said: “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.”
“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.”
According to him, the sheep could have been infected with Rift Valley Fever (RVF). He said: “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.”
He disclosed that officials of the department of veterinary services would conduct a postmortem on the deformed lamb and communicate the result to the public.
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The chief director asked people not to panic over the deformed lamb. He said: “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 and a human being.”
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