A rare hybrid being that is part goat, part sheep, part donkey and part human boy child has been born on a farm on the outskirts of Harold Village.
The animal, referred to as a gooney boy, was born about two weeks ago on local farmer Lionel Garage’s farm.
The unexpected arrival is thought to be the result of mating between a goat, a sheep, a donkey and one of the potato-pickers.
Mr Garage said the cross-breeding was not intentional. “It was a pure shock to the system,” he said, “definitely a one-off.”
“I’ve never seen anything like him before,” he told the Evening Harold, “and I come from a long line of sheep-shaggers.”
He said he witnessed what appeared to be a potato-picker mating with a donkey which then mated with a goat and finally the goat mated with a sheep. The new arrival created a lot of laughter in the Squirrel Lickers’ Arms when he showed mobile phone pictures of the hybrid.
“He’s an unusual character,” said Garage. “He’s developing a set of horns on his head.”
This is the first time the Evening Harold has reported the birth of a gooney boy. Geraldine Forster, manager of Harold Wildlife Trust, said she had never heard the term ‘gooney boy’ before, but was not entirely surprised to learn that such a creature existed.
Garage said the ewe in question was raising the gooney boy “like an idiot” and they are not planning any sort of higher education, thanks to “extortionate and prohibitive course fees.”
He added that he is not bothering with a name for the new addition to the family. “It’s not like he’s going to get mistaken for somebody else.”