Since this mysterious creature appeared in their midst, the 4,000-strong population of the small village of Lady Frere in South Africa have been living in fear. They believe this strange stillbirth to be half-human, half-beast and think it was sent by the devil himself. After photos of the creature caused an uproar on social media, doctors came to the village to get to the bottom of the mystery and to reassure the superstitious village population.
“We can confirm this not a hoax photo but that the severely deformed lamb was born by a sheep in Lady Frere this week which at a glance resembles a human form,” explained Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi, leader of the investigation.
The mother sheep was likely infected with Rift Valley fever in the early stages of pregnancy, which often leads to miscarriages in pregnant cattle and sheep.
“The infected fetus then, as a result, failed to form properly, leading to the deformity that it became. It does look like a human form but it is not part human at all,” Dr. Mrwebi added.
But despite the scientific explanation, the villagers can’t just shake off their fears after this disturbing sight.