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