Farmer’s goat ‘gives birth to deformed, hairless kid with face of human baby’

A goat has given birth to a bizarre human-faced deformed baby, leaving villagers clambering to get a glimpse.

The kid was born in Gangapur village in north east India, and people have been queuing at the farm where it was found.

The goat’s owner Shankar Das, 46, said the offspring was born alive, but sadly died soon after.

The bizarre looking animal was born with two limbs, and a face, nose and mouth which some say resembled a human.

But the tail was missing and the deformed, and the ears were also badly deformed.

It was also born without any hair on its body.

The unusual incident had further shocked the owner of a goat who said he had witnessed it himself for the first time.

“The neighbours rushed to our house. Everyone was left shocked by its appearance resembling a human baby,” said Shakar.

“The goat had already given birth to a kid. It was her second delivery. It has stunned me and the villagers as well,” he added.

“They were excited to see goat given birth to a female kid. They’re a bit disappointed, but it is what it is. She was alive at birth before dying.”

Later, the kid’s body was buried leaving the family upset and confused.

In India, the deformed birth of an animal or human is considered as a bad omen or bad luck for its owners.

“In many areas, it’s considered as the warning. The people see the mutant births as the sign from God,” Rakesh Kumar, a local said.

Local vet Fayyaz Ahmed said goats are more susceptible when it comes to mutant births.

“The impaired development of the kid in the womb is likely caused by the Rift Valley fever disease. There could be other possibilities as well which led to a genetic mutation,” he added.

“It’s advice that the farmers should take their animals to veterinarians for detailed check-ups,” he added.

It comes after the remains of one of the ocean’s oldest giants have been uncovered in one of the driest places on Earth.

The Cymbospondylus youngorum measured 60 feet, or 17 metres, from nose to tail and weighed more than 40 tons – rivalling today’s biggest whales.

It was found in the US state of Nevada – now one of the driest places on the planet.

Scientist Lars Schmitz, from the WM Keck Science Department in California, a member of the team that analysed the 2-metre-long skill, called it a “jaw-dropping” find.

Ichthyosaurs were a variety of marine reptiles that had a body shape reminiscent of modern whales and dolphins.