Meet Butterfly The Geep, An Extremely Rare Goat-Sheep Hybrid Born In Arizona

A male goat and a female sheep created Butterfly, who has a goat face and feet, but is covered in wool.

1. Butterfly, a rare goat-sheep hybrid, was born at My Petting Zoo in North Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday.

The geep with her mama.

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Butterfly getting interviewed by 12 News reporters.

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2. Priscilla Motola, the owner of My Petting Zoo, said she was surprised when Butterfly was born because she didn’t even know the mother sheep was pregnant.

“We don’t have a male [sheep] that could get her pregnant right now,” she said to Arizona’s 12 News. But they do have a pygmy goat named Michael, who apparently had a thing for a certain sheep.

3. The male goat and female sheep created Butterfly, who has a goat face and feet, but is covered in wool.

4. Motola said her three sons discovered the geep on Sunday. Her youngest son said “she looks like a butterfly,” because of all the different colors on his coat.

 

5. While sheep and goats may look similar, they’re from different genus and have different amounts of chromosomes, and usually their children are stillborn.

6. In April, the only goat-sheep hybrid in Northern Ireland was born on a farm that had been raising ewes for generations, but had never reported a geep before.

The Irish farmer who had discovered he had a geep, said the animal was much faster than all the sheep his age, BBC reported.

A few geeps have also been born to goat mothers and sheep fathers, such as a geep born around 1994 in Botswana. This geep was white with a coarse outer coat, but an inner coat that was wooly.

A goat-sheep hybrid is not to be confused with a goat-sheep chimera, which is made when the embryos of a goat and sheep are mixed. The resulting animal has cells from goats and sheep and the first such creature was created by researchers in England in 1984.

7. Here Butterfly follows her mom around the petting zoo while making some adorable noises:

8. Butterfly getting her second interview with Mia Garcia from Fox 10 News, while her mama wonders what all the fuss is about.

 

9. Butterfly hanging out with all her new friends:

10. And here’s the baby geep cuddling with her three favorite guys:

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