NEWS — 04 April 2014

A ‘geep’ on a farm in Australia

By Madeline O’Connor

A farmer in Kildare has announced the birth of a rare hybrid between a goat and a sheep on his farm.

The ‘geep’ was born to a ewe on Paddy Murphy’s farm a fortnight ago and his proud owner, who also owns Murphy’s pub in Ballymore Eustace, said the ‘geep’ has been doing well.

“He’s absolutely thriving,” Paddy told RTÉ News. “He’s running around a lot quicker than the other lambs which were born. He has much longer legs”

“The ewe has taken to him like he’s just another lamb. There’s no difference in how he’s been reared.”

Due to the genetic distance between the two species, sheep-goat hybrids are quite rare.

Mr Murphy said: “There’s been a lot of interest down here with the locals.”

Mr Murphy told the Farmer’s Journal  last week that he was unsure whether he would be able to keep the ‘geep’ but would do his best to for as long as possible.

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