THE birth of a goat with human-like features late last week has gotten Malaysian netizens abuzz following the spread of several photos of the bizarre-looking animal on Facebook.
The bizarre occurrence had reportedly taken place in the country’s southern state of Johor, going viral after making rounds on social media over the weekend.
However, the baby goat, which was born with what appeared to be a human face, did not survive the birth and its carcass was handed to the Veterinary Services Department for observation, The Star reported.
According to the paper, the seemingly mutated offspring was born in a farm belonging to oil palm settler Ibrahim Basir who had received lucrative offers to sell the carcass. Ibrahim said he refused the generous offers and chose to give it to the department so that the case would be investigated.
The 63-year-old, who hails from Felda Sungai Mas, said he was shocked to discover that one of his goats had given birth to a kid which was very similar to a newborn baby.
He said his business partner Jamaludin Abdul Samad, 50, was the first to make the discovery on Friday.
“When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like a human baby, but the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat,” he was quoted saying on Sunday.
He added that unlike normal baby goats, this one was not born with an umbilical cord.
“This is what sets the baby goats apart as usually they would be born with the umbilical cord attached,” Harian Metro quoted him saying.
He said this was the first time he had had such an encounter after breeding livestock since 2007.
The kid was already dead when the settlers found it and Ibrahim suggested that it could have died after being trampled on by its mother or from other complications.
“We kept the kid’s carcass in a polystyrene box filled with ice cubes before taking it to the district veterinary office at around noon yesterday,” he said.
Amazed by the images on social media, many netizens weighed in on the case with some pointing out that it was a genetic defect, while others claimed it was caused by bestiality.
A user identified as Abe Is said: “The (mother) goat must have been raped. I wonder who the damned human was (involved in this)?”
While some users surmised that the birth was a result of unnatural sexual intercourse, others took on a lighthearted approach on Orang Kota – Tinggi’s community Facebook account, which is thought to have been the first spread the images online.
“This is its father,” said Zharif Kifly, posting an image of Chewbacca, the iconic character science fiction movie saga Star Wars.