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Hybrid animal the result of goats breeding with Paddy Murphy’s sheep

Geep blurb

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A rare half-goat, half-sheep hybrid has been born on a farm in Ireland.

Known as a “geep,” the creature was born on Paddy Murphy’s farm about two weeks ago after a goat got in amongst his sheep.

“I’ve never seen anything like him before,” he told the Irish Farmers Journal.

Indeed, such births are rare.

The Irish Farmers Journal said it’s never reported the birth of a healthy geep in the island nation.

Most goat-sheep hybrids die during pregnancy, according to the BBC, but this little guy is not only alive, but very happy and healthy.

“He even has horns like a goat and he is very quick on his feet … He’s so fast you’d have to get him into the pen to catch him,” Murphy said.

Check out the little geep below:

Route 140 closed as crews battle blaze

Firefighters battle barn fire in Belmont

BELMONT, N.H. — Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Sunday on Depot Street in Belmont that destroyed an unoccupied pig barn.

No injuries were reported.

Route 140 was closed while crews battled the barn fire at 41 Depot St. Drivers were urged to seek alternate routes.

Heavy smoke was also reported in the area.

Neighbor Marcus Weeks was one of the first people to spot the fire. “At first we saw the black smoke so we ran down to make sure no one was involved, there were no animals in it,” he said.

Thousands of bales of hay were inside the barn, making it all the more challenging for firefighters.

“There were about 2,000 bails of hay which is typical this time of year,” aid Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti. “The problem with the hay, once we start wetting it down, we just get more and more smoke so we need an excavator.”

Once the flames were out out, firefighters worked to make sure flames did not flare up.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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