Sheep and goat cross produces a 'Geep'

Last updated 10:40 08/04/2014
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GEEP: Irish farmer Paddy Murphy holds his "Geep" which he said has been bred from a cross between a goat and a sheep.

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An Irish farmer has inadvertently bred a geep - a cross between a goat and a sheep.

Paddy Murphy, who also runs Murphy's Pub in County Kildare, west of Dublin, told the Irish Farmers Journal he had seen a goat trying to mate with a few of his female sheep last year, but didn't think anything of it.

Five months later and he delivered what he thought was a lamb late at night, only to realise the next morning that it was something quite a bit different.

"I only have white-faced Cheviot sheep, and when this one came out it was black," he said.

"That sometimes happens. But the next morning I said to myself this isn't a lamb at all, it's more like a goat.

"It was moving a bit too quickly for a lamb, its legs were very long and he even has horns like a goat."

The newborn has been the talk of the village pub since its birth a few weeks ago.

Murphy said he was starting a competition to find the best name for the young geep and proceeds would go to raising money for a sick child in the village.

He also invited scientists to come to his farm to prove the rare cross-breed but said he had no plans to start breeding more geep.

"I have no interest in that side of it at all, but if someone wants to come and do tests they are welcome," he said.

Similar crossing-breeds have been reported around the world before but in most cases the offspring were stillborn.

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