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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ewe you won't believe your eyes... Irish farmer proud owner of half-goat half-sheep 'geep'

Published 03/04/2014 | 13:23

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Kildare pub owner and sheep farmer Paddy Murphy is now in fact the proud owner of a ‘geep’, a half-goat half-sheep hybrid. (Photo: Paddy Murphy/Independent.ie)
Kildare pub owner and sheep farmer Paddy Murphy is now in fact the proud owner of a ‘geep’, a half-goat half-sheep hybrid. (Photo: Paddy Murphy/Independent.ie)
Kildare pub owner and sheep farmer Paddy Murphy is now in fact the proud owner of a ‘geep’, a half-goat half-sheep hybrid. (Photo: Paddy Murphy/Independent.ie)

Paddy Murphy thought it was a sign of good luck – to have a black lamb among white.

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But it turns out the Kildare pub owner and sheep farmer is now in fact the proud owner of a ‘geep’, a half-goat, half-sheep.

“They were all normal lambs except this fella,” he told independent.ie

“He was born about midnight and I noticed it was black for a start, but it was very fast to move. It was too fast for a lamb.

“It also has much longer legs than a lamb, it was then I realised it must be a geep.”

Paddy, who owns Murphy’s pub in Ballymore Eustace, said the unusual looking lamb, which also has horns, has caused a bit of a stir in the local area.

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“It’s a great attraction at the moment,” he said, "and there’s a great buzz about the place.

“At the moment it’s so fast it’s like a hare among the lambs. It just takes off.”

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The geep is an extremely rare occurrence in Ireland.

“This is very unusual,” Paddy said.

“One farmer had actually told me it’s not possible at all but here he is.”

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