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Monday, June 07, 2010

LIZ CLANCY: Human Goat

According to April 2010's edition of Fortean Times (FT260) a hairless kid was born in Tororo, Uganda on August 24th 2000. It had two umbilical cords, 'one goat-like and one human' - how one could tell the difference is not stated.

Apparently the animal's 'testicles, trunk, head, ears, eyes, nose, mouth and lower jaw were all of human appearance' and it only survived an hour after birth.

FT included no picture of this particular case, though the photos of similar cases from Zimbabwe (see above) and Turkey were sufficiently gruesome, if you ask me.

1 comment:

shiva said...

None of these are human or the result of bestiality - they are simply goats with the "cyclops" mutation, which can be caused by the mother goat eating toxic plants. It can occur in many species, including sheep, pigs, cats and humans (caused by, for example, Depleted Uranium used in Iraq). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclopia

"Feuillee's Monster" is a historical example - see the engraving (presenting it as if it was alive, though it was almost certainly dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Feuill%C3%A9e