Saturday, April 5, 2014

Craic of the county

When Irish farmer Paddy Murphy was interviewed about the offspring birthed by one of his ewes last month, he mentioned that it was a great source of craic for the lads in the pub he also owns in Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare. After determining that craic is entertaining news and the subject of enjoyable conversation, I read on to learn that the animal (IMAGE ABOVE, VIDEO HERE) is a rare natural goat–sheep hybrid. Murphy describes, It had all the hallmarks of a goat. I knew a goat had gotten in among a few of the hoggets, I didn’t know what would turn out. They were all normal lambs apart from this fella. He looks like a goat, trapped in a lamb’s body, a Geep I think it’s called! He even has horns like a goat and he is very quick on his feet. He’s perfectly healthy and thriving away." Although the farmer does not plan to encourage breeding of any more hybrids, he will keep it around instead of sending it for slaughter, unless it becomes a nuisance.

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