Melbourne, September 28 (ANI): People in an African village were recently left shellshocked by the birth of a bizarre creature that had a large human-like head and the legs and body of a goat.
Villagers in Lower Gweru, Zimbabwe, revealed that the creature died just few hours after birth, and that they burnt the corpse fearing that it was an evil sign.
According to them, the creature was so scary that even dogs were afraid to go close to it.
"This is indeed a miracle that has never been witnessed anywhere," news.com.au quoted elder Themba Moyo as saying.
Just after the goat's birth, its owner called police.
"It's the first time that my goat did this. I have 15 goats and it's this goat that gave me birth to most of them. My goats often give birth to sets of twins," he said.
A report published in the Zimbabwe Guardian says that Midlands Governor and Resident Minister Jason Machaya is adamant the creature is the result of a coupling between man and goat.
"This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said.
"The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control.
"We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features," he added.
A vet, though did not get any chance to study the creature, said after inspecting photos that it could have been a child suffering from hydrocephalus, or water on the brain.
"The condition would have accounted for the abnormally large skull and for the chin, nose, ears and other body parts having shifted during development," he reportedly said.
Half-man, half-goat creatures like fauns and satyrs are popular in Greek and Roman mythology. (ANI)