Just when you thought you heard it all, a new creature is now being talked about all over the nation. A small petting zoo in Arizona is now making headlines with the birth of an extremely rare offspring of a female sheep and a goat – a geep.
Her name is ‘Butterfly’ and she was just born last Sunday.
“This wasn’t planned, it just kind of happened.” commented Priscilla Motola, of My Petting Zoo in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Motola didn’t even know her sheep was pregnant until moments before the historic birth. The creature is so incredibly rare that no one is really sure what to call Butterfly except a geep. Currently, she is the only reported geep to ever be born in America.
Butterfly has the features of a goat, but the woolen coat of a lamb.
Back in April, BBC News reported Ireland’s first birth of a geep, where a goat mated with a sheep belonging to a sheep farmer, and in 1984, TIME magazine reported a geep birth in Botswana.
Geep are quite rare because goats and sheep hardly mate, and when they do their offspring are virtually always stillborn according to a report by KHON2.
“This is really uncommon, it’s the first time it’s ever happened here, and I’ve been doing so much research, finding there aren’t very many in the world.” commented Motola.
Butterfly is currently happy and healthy, jumping and playing with her mom, and loving all the attention from the cameras and reporters.
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